Don’t expect Fabricio Werdum to become a heavyweight gatekeeper or stepping stone in the UFC. MMAWeekly has reported Werdum’s contract negotiations with the UFC have ceased.
After a knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90, any leverage Werdum had going into negotiations ended the minute he hit the canvas in Chicago.
With rising stars such as Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin, Werdum’s 2-2 record in the Octagon made him an expendable commodity in the UFC’s eyes.
Had Werdum defeated the UFC newcomer Dos Santos two weeks ago, many believed he would get the first crack at the winner of the four man tournament between Couture / Lesnar and Nogueira / Mir for the heavyweight title.