According to a report by Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com and the Newark Star-Ledger, the camp for Fabricio Werdum approached Affliction Entertainment in an attempt to place the former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight with the organization.
McNeil revealed the news during this week’s edition of MMA Live, which can be viewed on FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
McNeil stated that both sides talked about Werdum joining the promotion and possibly competing on its upcoming “Day of Reckoning” pay-per-view event scheduled for Jan. 24 but that Affliction felt that the numbers discussed were “off the charts.”
McNeil concluded the report by stating that there are no plans for Werdum and Affliction to talk in the future and that “Werdum will not be competing for Affliction.”
Werdum, considered by many pundits to be a top ten heavyweight, was released by the UFC with several fights remaining on his contract soon after sustaining an upset loss last month at UFC 90 against newcomer Junior dos Santos.
The defeat dropped Werdum’s career record inside the Octagon to 2-2 with wins over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga and a loss to Andrei Arlovski in his debut for the promotion at UFC 70.
A world class grappler, Werdum holds wins outside the UFC over Gonzaga, Aleksander Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Kristof Midoux, Roman Zentsov, and Tom Erickson.