Fabricio Werdum is a highly regarded jiu-jitsu black belt. A former 3 time World Champion and a 2-time ADCC Champion, he is also a big player as a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the Heavyweight Division having fought in all three major MMA organizations (UFC, Pride and Strikeforce). In 2010 he shocked the MMA world submitting Fedor Emilianenko in the first round, a man many thought to be unbeatable and widely considered the best heavyweight in MMA history.
Fabricio Werdum Jiu Jitsu
Full Name: Fabricio Werdum
Nickname: “Vai Cavalo” is a motivational phrase used in Portuguese, it means “Go Horse”. “Cavalo” (Horse) is also a name sometimes used to describe big individuals. It has been also said that the nickname relates back to Werdum’s youth when he played football (soccer). He was so big and powerful that when he got a hold of the ball it would be hard to take it away from him, so his teammates used to yell jokingly: “Go Horse, go!” (vai cavalo).
- 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2003/2004)
- 1st Place ADCC Champion (2007/2009)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF World Champion (2000 blue belt)
- 1st Place IBJJF Pan American Champion (2001 purple belt weight & absolute)
Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle
Weight Division: Pesadíssimo (over 221lbs)
Association/Team: Winner/Behring, Chute-Boxe, Werdum Combat Team
Fabricio Werdum Biography
Fabricio Werdum was born on the 30th of July 1977 in Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil. He started doing Jiu-Jitsu in his teens after he got involved in a fight with an ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend at the time. The ex-boyfriend (who practiced BJJ) put Fabricio on a chokehold, something Werdum was completely unfamiliar with and forced him to go to sleep. After learning that he got beat by Jiu-Jitsu, he joined an academy, at the time, Marcio Corletta’s gym called Winner-Behring.
Fabricio was around 17 years old at the time he moved to Spain with his mother, and many believed this would be the end of a promising fighter’s career, but the disbelievers could not be further from the truth. Madrid of the early 2000s was a desert when it came to BJJ academies, Werdum decided to open his own, with his headquarters set in the famous football (soccer) stadium of Vicente Calderon home to the Atletico Madrid team. Establishing himself as one of the best coaches in Spain, he went on and set up affiliate academies in both Albacete and Saragoca (both Spanish towns).
In 2002 Werdum premiered in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) at a European organization called the Millennium Brawl, winning with his trademark triangle choke. Though being in Spain, Werdum would often travel to Brazil to train and compete there, always with the Behring organization rightfully earning his black belt from Sylvio Behring, brother of the famous Marcelo Behring.
Werdum continued training Jiu-Jitsu winning the World Gold Medal on two occasions as a Black Belt, but with time he decided to focus more on the profitable MMA industry. To improve his stand up (the area of the game he was lacking the most) he joined the famed academy from Curitiba, Brazil, Chute Boxe. A prestigious gym run by Rafael Cordeiro and Rudimar Fedrigo, that had produced some of the best Muay Thai fighters in MMA, people like André Amade, Anderson Silva, Pele, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murilo Rua and many others. In exchange for his tuition in the striking, he private grappling classes to a lot of the team’s fighters.
In 2005 Fabricio Werdum was invited to help Croatian fighter Mirko Filipovic “Cro Cop” with his ground training. Mirko was an MMA star in Japan and was looking for the best grappler he could find to help him with his game. Werdum agreed and in the meantime opened another gym, this time in Zagreb, Croatia.
Fabricio went on a 5 fight win streak and reached (arguably) the best MMA organization of the early 2000s, the now-extinct Pride FC, he fought there until the organization fell down. Werdum then picked up a fight with the 2 Hot 2 Handle organization just before he signed a contract with the UFC.
In 2008 Fabricio opened an Affiliate academy of Chute Boxe in his home town of Porto Alegre. An amazing infrastructure with 150 sq meters of mat area and accommodation for fighters. After a bumpy start with the UFC losing to a decision against the former champion Andrej Arlovski, he seemed set on a path to a challenge for the belt after two wins against heavy opposition. Unfortunately, a stumble against Junior dos Santos (aka “Cigano”) brought the UFC to want to renegotiate Werdum’s contract, Werdum did not agree with the terms and was sacked by the organization, though he didn’t stay unemployed for long, being affiliated with the Strikeforce organization straight away.
When Rudimar Fedrigo and Rafael Cordeiro split, so did Chute Boxe. Werdum stood by Rafael Cordeiro’s side even though he maintained a good relationship with Rudimar. Werdum would then move his training to the United States and open his own academy there in Marina Del Rey, California.
After an auspicious start at the Strikeforce organization, with wins over Mike Kyle and the big man Antonio Silva, Werdum was offered the fight he had been waiting for all along, a challenge against the World number 1 Heavy Weigh Emilianenko Fedor. For this fight, he started developing his athleticism and his explosive strength through Kettlebell training. He also brought in the prestigious ground coach Otavio Couto on board while sharpening his jiu-jitsu with sparring partners such as Romulo Barral and Bruno “Mamute”. All this hard work paid off as he won against the heavy favored Russian by triangle choke on the first round.
Fabricio Werdum Grappling Record
- BY DQ
12 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES
Fabricio Werdum Fight History
|815||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||L||Points||ADCC||O99KG||F||2003|
|825||A. Cacareco||L||Pts: 9x4||ADCC||ABS||SF||2003|
|844||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||L||Pts: 7x0||World Champ.||ABS||SF||2003|
|916||Alexandre DantasAlexandre Dantas||L||Toe hold||Pan American||O100KG||SF||2003|
|924||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||L||Armbar||Pan American||ABS||F||2003|
|945||Leonardo LeiteLeonardo Leite||L||N/A||World Cup||O100KG||F||2003|
|1074||Ronaldo SouzaRonaldo Souza||L||Pts: 10x0||World Cup||ABS||SF||2004|
|1217||Jeff Monson||L||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2005|
|1229||Roger GracieRoger Gracie||L||RNC||ADCC||ABS||4F||2005|
|1665||Andre GalvaoAndre Galvao||L||Referee Decision||ADCC||ABS||4F||2007|
|2050||Gabriel VellaGabriel Vella||L||Points||Capital Challenge||O99KG||SF||2008|
|2051||Leonardo LeiteLeonardo Leite||L||Points||Capital Challenge||O99KG||3PLC||2008|
|3299||Vinny MagalhaesVinny Magalhaes||L||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||F||2011|
|18097||Lucas BarbosaLucas Barbosa||D||---||Spyder Inv. Final||ABS||SPF||2018|
|688||Elvis Sinosic||W||Kimura||World Champ.||O100KG||R1||2002|
|814||Mike Van Arsdale||W||Armbar||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2003|
|828||Marcio CruzMarcio Cruz||W||Pts: 6x0||ADCC||ABS||3PLC||2003|
|846||Vini. Antunes||W||Wristlock||World Champ.||O100KG||R1||2003|
|849||Leo. Montenegro||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||4F||2003|
|850||Adriano Camolesi||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2003|
|852||Leonardo LeiteLeonardo Leite||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2003|
|921||Jorge Oliveira||W||Armbar||Pan American||ABS||4F||2003|
|923||Roberto ToziRoberto Tozi||W||N/A||Pan American||ABS||SF||2003|
|944||Mario EsfihaMario Esfiha||W||Points||World Cup||O100KG||SF||2003|
|1062||Fabiano Sheirner||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||SF||2004|
|1064||Fernando TerereFernando Terere||W||Points||World Champ.||O100KG||F||2004|
|1211||Denis Roberts||W||Pts: 7x0||ADCC||O99KG||R1||2005|
|1215||Marcio CorletaMarcio Corleta||W||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||4F||2005|
|1218||Daniel SimoesDaniel Simoes||W||Pts: 5x0||ADCC||O99KG||3PLC||2005|
|1220||Reese Andy||W||Heel Hook||ADCC||ABS||R1||2005|
|2048||Luis Fernando||W||Points||Capital Challenge||O99KG||4F||2008|
|2292||Saulo RibeiroSaulo Ribeiro||W||Points||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2009|
|2293||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||W||Points||ADCC||O99KG||F||2009|
|3252||Alexander TransAlexander Trans||W||Pts: 2x0||ADCC||O99KG||R1||2011|
|3289||Roberto AbreuRoberto Abreu||W||Points||ADCC||O99KG||SF||2011|