Last Saturday, on the main card of UFC 213, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum gave up a razor close decision to former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem. This outcome was immediately controversial, as many members of the MMA Community argued that Werdum had done enough to win, and others argued the fight should have been a draw.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Werdum explained that he will be appealing this loss through the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“The athletic commission gives us a chance to appeal, so I want to see what happens,” Werdum said. “I have the right to appeal because I don’t want this loss on my record. I’m sure I won because I won the first and the third rounds, and lost the second one.”
“When I lose a fight I admit it, but this one… The crowd booed him, I received a lot of messages. Everyone saw I won. You saw my face after the fight, I couldn’t believe I lost. I was surprised.”
Werdum also said he wouldn’t be opposed to a rematch with Overeem, who he has already fought three times.
“A fourth fight would be good if I appeal and it doesn’t change the result,” Werdum said. “My goal is the belt, and if he’s in my way, I think it would be good to fight him a fourth time. I’d like to fight him a fourth time to show the reality, what really happened. I believe I won. If it’s worth it to fight a fourth time to get to what I want, the belt, that would be interesting, for him.”
“I always say that a loss it three steps back and a win is one step forward, but the way it was, I think it was only one step back. I believe I won, but the official result was a loss. I have a loss in my record.”
How did you score Fabricio Werdum’s UFC 213 scrap with Alistair Overeem? Would you watch them fight a fourth time?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/11/2017.