Fabricio Werdum is clearly martial arts royalty, having spent the final 20 years competing on the highest degree of each MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
However at 43, the previous UFC heavyweight champion is aware of the top is close to, and it’s one cause he’s so excited to be competing for the PFL in his remaining run. With the promotion’s season format, he is aware of the schedule in 2021 goes to be a busy one.
“It’s very thrilling as a result of I fought for UFC for a very long time, … I fought in Strikeforce, in PRIDE, completely different occasions in Brazil, too – Jungle Combat – and the PFL I like as a result of, you already know, I’ve completely different occasions to go, however I just like the PFL as a result of the season is superb,” Werdum mentioned. “I’m 43 years outdated and, uh, possibly yet another yr, possibly two. I don’t know but, you already know, however I like that when the fellows say, ‘this season.’
“You need to struggle, win, once more win, win to be a champion, you
know, and so they have the bonus – you win $1 million. That is superb, you already know? This for positive is sweet, too, however simply because I wish to struggle extra, you already know? I wish to struggle like possibly 4 instances in a really brief time. That is my my massive purpose now as a result of I did every thing. I fought within the UFC, the champion. The jiu-jitsu champion, ADCC champion. My subsequent purpose now’s to be a PFL champion.”
Werdum (24-9-1) kicks off his PFL run on Might 6, when he faces Renan Ferreira (6-2) at PFL 2021, Week 3. The competition airs on ESPN2 from Ocean On line casino Resort in Atlantic Metropolis, N.J. If all goes to plan for Werdum, it’s going to kick off a run to a championship that may wrap up later this yr.
At that time, he’d need to determine whether or not his physique may take the strain of one other regular-season run in 2022. He’s unsure but whether or not or not that may occur, however he is aware of the top is coming sooner quite later, a method or one other.
His spouse gained’t have it some other approach.
“It’s so arduous man, to us like a fighter, to cease the struggle,” Werdum mentioned. “As a result of each time I say to my spouse – 4 years in the past I mentioned, ‘No, I’ve stopped. That is the final one, final one, final one,’ each time, and I by no means cease, and it’s so arduous to cease doing (the factor) you want. That is my my life. I like to struggle, you already know? Why do I’ve to cease? i stand now as a result of i’m 43, virtually – yeah I believe that I wish to be a champion like at 44.
“I’m very excited for the the very fast fights and the top, like yet another belt, you already know? That is superb. Yet one more belt for my profession.”
To listen to the total interview with Werdum, try the video above.