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Fabricio Werdum’s rise to the upper echelon of UFC heavyweights is a testament to his hard work and resiliency in a career that spans more than a decade.
A three-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion, Werdum reached the pinnacle of MMA in November 2014 when he knocked out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 for the interim title – a victory that earned him the right to face champion Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship.
When UFC president Dana White wrapped the coveted title belt around Werdum’s waist, it made the Brazilian the fifth interim heavyweight champion in UFC history and the 10th Brazilian to become a UFC champion.
He certainly earned the accolades that come with the crown. Werdum’s 19-5-1 record includes wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Roy Nelson and Hunt. Of his 19 victories, six have come by knockout and nine via submission.