Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has made another big move in his professional career, signing a deal with Professional Fighters League (PFL).
The Promotion announced on Monday, that Werdum will be joining PFL heavyweight division for the upcoming 2021 season which starts on the 23rd of April.
Werdum finished his contract with the UFC in July, his last fight ending a submission victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on ESPN 14. He has since been advocating for a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko, a foe he defeated during his time in Strikeforce.
After failed negotiation with the Russian’s representative, Werdum finally lands in the PFL and the promotion are so excited about his arival, they sell him as the “The Greatest Of All Time”.
“I am excited to announce Fabricio Werdum, the Tom Brady of MMA, has signed with the Professional Fighters League,” PFL CEO Peter Murray said in a statement. “Fabricio is one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and knows when he steps into the PFL cage this coming season, it is more than a fight. The PFL sport season format provides an opportunity to control his destiny, like all PFL fighters, with a transparent shot to earn another major global title and the PFL million dollar champions belt.”
ESPN, PFL broadcast partners made clear the reason for Werdum’s attraction to the promotion is the League Format in which he will have to defeat five opponents to win a 1 million dollar price at the end of 2021 season.
That means Werdum, who has only competed twice in three years will appear five times in the Octagon by the end of 2021. Part of the reasons behind his absence was served a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“Adding a fighter at the world champion caliber of Fabricio Werdum is next level for the Professional Fighters League,” said Ray Sefo, President of PFL fighter operations. “I know the rest of the league’s heavyweight fighters are as excited as I am with Fabricio joining the PFL for the 2021 season starting in April.”