Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report

Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report

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Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 19: Fabricio Werdum of Brazil waves to the crowd as he prepares to enter the Octagon before facing Marcin Tybura of Poland in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night at Qudos Bank Arena on November 19, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Fabricio Werdum Scouting Report


6’4″ 249 lbs (Heavyweight)
77″ reach, Orthodox
July 30, 1977


24-8-1 (UFC: 12-5)

Current Streak

1 straight win


Second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Black belt in Muay Thai
Numerous submission grappling & jiu-jitsu championships

Championships Held

Interim UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2014-15 (no title defenses)
UFC Heavyweight Champion: 2015-2016 (no successful title defenses)



– very experienced
– extremely high level grappler/submission artist
– very dangerous guard
– much improved striker
– very hard to finish – only KO’d twice in career; never submitted
– finishes fights
– career seems to be on the upswing
– great at passing guard
– extremely accurate striker
– diverse striker – mixes punches with kicks well
– seems to be like a fine wine – better with age



– inconsistent – has already been cut by the UFC once
– very old for a fighter – not many over 40 competitors in sport
– very poor takedown defense & accuracy
– can rely on his ground game too much & refuse to engage on his feet (see second Alistair Overeem fight)
– doesn’t land a very high volume of strikes
– mediocre striking defense
– can become complacent in fights and coast



One of the greatest heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitioners in MMA history, it’s Fabricio Werdum’s ever-improving striking skills that got him to the top of the UFC heavyweight ranks.



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