Fabricio Werdum has an important decision to make in 2020.
“Vai Cavalo” signed an eight-fight agreement with the UFC after submitting Cain Velasquez and claiming the undisputed heavyweight championship in June 2015. Five years and six fights later, Werdum is nearing the end of his current contract with the business, but has yet to determine what its next step will be.
Werdum entered the octagon on Saturday night to face Aleksei Oleinik in the preliminary round of UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida in his first bout against a suspension from USADA.
“My goal now is to fight this fight, and I will have one more in my contract,” Werdum told MMA Fighting. “I don’t know yet if I’m going to sign again, I don’t have that 100% decision in my head. Maybe I could re-sign a few more fights so that I could end my career or retire after those two and only continue as a commentator. I have many options in mind. I haven’t decided 100% yet. I focus on this fight and then I will see what I will do. ”
Money is obviously important, said the former heavyweight title holder, but the determining factor for his future in the sport is “my willingness to keep fighting.”
“I am going to talk to my family and my wife, we are making decisions together,” he said. “She wants me to stop after these two; she thinks it’s good already. Everything will depend on the victories, the course of the fights. We will see. Maybe I’ll just continue as a commentator for the UFC, something I really like to do. ”
No matter what happens on Saturday night in Florida, UFC 249 will not be the last we will see from the jiu-jitsu specialist in the octagon.
“I’m going to fight the contract I have, I have two more fights, and then we’ll decide,” said Werdum. “We will sign again, or we will retire. I will see. But there is no way this is my last, no. ”
Werdum said that sitting for two years due to his two-year “unfair” doping suspension “was difficult, I wouldn’t lie, but I took it in stride.” The 42-year-old veteran spent time away from the sport, having fun with his family, growing up as a martial artist in California, teaching seminars, and working as a color commentator for the UFC.
Finally free to enter the cage, “Vai Cavalo” volunteers for a busy return.
“If I can fight again on the 13th or 16th, I will,” said Werdum, noting the next UFC Fight Night shows scheduled for next week in Jacksonville. “Let’s take back the lost time. Let’s see if we can do it. ”
“I already did it at ADCC 2003,” he said. “I took Mark Kerr (to Sao Paulo) and ended up also fighting, finishing second in the division (+ 99 kg) and third in the absolute. If there is an opening on the 13th, I will stay there (in Florida). I’ll comment on the May 16 UFC card from the Los Angeles studio, but if I had to cancel it to fight, I would fight. ”