The Professional Fighters League announced the signing of Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, 42, of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on November 16, 2020. The Brazilian mixed martial arts veteran holds a professional MMA record of 24 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw.
Werdum and the PFL came to terms on an exclusive deal. The Brazilian MMA fighter will compete for the 2021 PFL Heavyweight Championship beginning in the spring.
“I am excited to announce Fabricio Werdum, the Tom Brady of MMA, has signed with the Professional Fighters League,” PFL chief executive officer Peter Murray stated. “Fabricio is one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and knows when he steps into the PFL cage this coming season, it is more than a fight. The PFL sport season format provides an opportunity to control his destiny, like all PFL fighters, with a transparent shot to earn another major global title and the PFL million dollar champions belt.”
The PFL heavyweight division features 2019 champion Ali Isaev and 2019 semi-finalist Denis Goltsov. A host of new entrants will also compete including highly regarded Justin Willis and Mohammed Usman.
“Adding a fighter at the world champion caliber of Fabricio Werdum is next level for the Professional Fighters League,” PFL Fighter Operations president Ray Sefo stated. “I know the rest of the league’s heavyweight fighters are as excited as I am with Fabricio joining the PFL for the 2021 season starting in April.”
The PFL’s 2021 season will begin on April 23, 2021 on ESPN2. The remaining regular season events will take place on April 29, 2021, on May 6, 2021, on June 10, 2021, on June 17, 2021 and on June 25, 2021.