According to a recent interview UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum is joining Chute Boxe. Notable current Chute Boxe fighters include Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Evan Tanner, and Thiago Silva.
Werdum has a 9-3-1 MMA record including wins over Aleksander Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, and current heavyweight challenger Gabriel Gonzaga. The PRIDE veteran was defeated in his first UFC fight at UFC 70 by top UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski. The unanimous decision loss by Wedum was highly criticized due to its lack of action. Despite rumors that a win for Arlovski could earn him a title shot the boring fight cost him a chance at the heavyweight championship.
Werdum was previously affiliated with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic though it is not known if this move will sever ties between the two fighters.