The Specialist Fighters League has included a heavyweight legend to its roster.
On Monday, the league introduced that previous UFC champion Fabricio Werdum (24-9-1) will compete in the impending 2021 year.
ESPN was the initially to report the signing.
Werdum, 43, will contend in the league’s common time and playoff event should he qualify for the latter. The 2021 period is scheduled to start out on April 23, with occasions to comply with on April 29, May perhaps 6, June 10, June 17, and June 25. It is not yet known on which of those people dates the heavyweights will start off competing, but the announcement states that Werdum is expected to debut at a person of the April exhibits.
In two stints with the UFC, Werdum compiled a 12-6 history and in his 2nd run with the enterprise he captured the heavyweight title with a 3rd-spherical submission of Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in June 2015. In his very last combat for the business this previous July, he defeated Alexander Gustafsson by to start with-spherical submission. He also holds noteworthy UFC wins over Mark Hunt, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Roy Nelson, and he submitted Fedor Emelianenko in a Strikeforce bout to close the Russian legend’s 28-fight unbeaten streak.
“I am thrilled to announce Fabricio Werdum, the Tom Brady of MMA, has signed with the Professional Fighters League,” PFL CEO Peter Murray stated in a press release. “Fabricio is just one of the biggest heavyweights of all time and appreciates when he measures into the PFL cage this coming period, it is a lot more than a struggle.
“The PFL sport season format presents an option to command his future, like all PFL fighters, with a transparent shot to earn an additional key worldwide title and the PFL million dollar champions belt.”
The PFL chose to cancel its 2020 period thanks to issues in excess of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the conclusion of the most new season, unbeaten Ali Isayev (9-) received the 2019 heavyweight event to grow to be the winner of that division and generate a $1,000,000 prize.