After initially denying his widely-reported release from the UFC, former heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum is now acknowledging, in an interview with Tatame, that he is in fact a free agent and has his sights set on fighting for Affliction, Sengoku, or Dream:
“When I first heard the rumours, I didn’t know anything. I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to 2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my exiting contract by cutting my pay in half,” said Werdum. “It’s a pity I would have liked to continue with the UFC but now we forge ahead. I still plan to go to the United States with my family. I’m open to negotiations with Affliction, Sengoku and Dream. I‘m a free agent now. One of the advantages of leaving the UFC is the freedom of contract, which allows fighters to work with more than one event without any problems. That’s very beneficial.
“There are several possibilities now including fighting in multiple organizations. Affliction, Sengoku and Dream are big events, but I think the possibility of fighting for Affliction in particular will give me the best chance to fight the best in the world, Fedor, in addition to (Andrei) Arlovski, Josh Barnett and several other big names …That would be a great opportunity for me.”