In just one fight heavyweight competitor Fabricio Werdum went from having a promised shot at the UFC heavyweight title to not having a job.
Just two weeks since losing to UFC-newcomer Junior dos Santos via an upset first round TKO, Werdum and the UFC have parted ways.
Word of Werdum’s departure began to circulate during the weekend after the jiu-jitsu black belt’s profile disappeared from the UFC website. The news was later confirmed by a report from MMA Weekly.
According to the report, a failed attempt to re-negotiate Werdum’s contract is considered the primary reason why he has left the organization. While the report does not state as much, it is believed that the UFC attempted to reduce Werdum’s pay rate on the heels of the loss to dos Santos.
Werdum, viewed by most major rankings polls as a top ten heavyweight, had been promised a shot at the UFC heavyweight title following a first round TKO victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 85 this past June. However, the title shot was put on hold following UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture’s return to the promotion and a match between Werdum and dos Santos was scheduled for UFC 90 on Oct. 25.
According to MMA Weekly, the former PRIDE star has already begun talking to promotions in the U.S. and Japan in regard to landing a new contract.