Saturday, 19 March 2011

Fabricio Werdum says the UFC contacted him after he defeated Fedor; believes the UFC is "the best in the world"

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

With the Zuffa's purchase of Strikeforce this weekend, many fighters under the Strikeforce banner have been commenting on their fate going forward. That list includes former UFC fighter Fabricio Werdum, who, in addition to commenting on the sale of Strikeforce, revealed that the UFC approached him about a return to the organization in 2010.

"Strikeforce was doing well, growing strongly, but let's face the facts, the UFC is the best of the world, a stronger brand... You have to [unite] with the best," said Werdum in an interview with "Now I can say, right? (laughs) Joe Silva told me to call him as soon as I was 'free,' to call him to negotiate, but now we're at the same home again (laughs)."

That call from Silva came after Werdum defeated Fedor Emelianenko in June of 2010, and though he was still under contract with Strikeforce, he'll now be back under Zuffa employ, and a return to the UFC's Octagon could very well be in the cards.

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Penick's Analysis: It's not at all surprising that the UFC made that call as soon as Werdum defeated Fedor. They would have loved to bring him back into the fold as soon as possible after he had defeated the man who was unbeatable for so long. Depending on how his fight with Alistair Overeem goes in June, I'd expect him to make his way back to the UFC along with a number of other heavyweights as soon as the UFC is able to bring them in.


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