These days, many fighters seem to be disgruntled with the state of the UFC. It’s for this reason that a mysterious Wednesday conference call featuring former Bellator president Bjorn Rebney and fighters like Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, TJ Dillashaw and Tim Kennedy is generating so much attention. While not much is known about the call at this time, it certainly seems like fighters are beginning to mobilize to improve their situations.
If this is indeed the case, it’s likely to go over well with former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who recently told Combate (via BloodyElbow.com) that he’s not especially happy with the way he’s being treated by the UFC.
“Once my contract is up, I don’t know if I’ll renew it,” Werdum explained. “Many things can happen but I’ll say this. I’m 100% a company man, be it a sponsor or an organization, I’m the kind of guy people can always count on. However, when it’s not reciprocal, there’s no way I can be the company man. When I’m happy, I do everything for things to turn out the best way they can, but when I’m unhappy, and I’m not happy at all with the UFC, at the moment, it’s hard to be like that.”
Werdum went on to explain that, if things don’t improve by the time his contract is up, he may opt to sign with another organization or retire altogether.
“I’m kind of bummed out, after all this time fighting, I consider myself a veteran, I’m 39 after all. I started out a little late, in my 20’s, but I still feel like a veteran. I intend to fight for two or three more years, we always say that, but we can never really stop. I can’t confirm anything about the contract. I just want to do the right thing, maybe I’ll get a better proposal from another company once my contract is up, I don’t know, I haven’t gotten any for now. Who knows, maybe in the future, if I start being happy again in the organization I work for, maybe I’ll stay or maybe I’ll leave, or maybe I’ll just stop. So there’s a lot that could happen.”
Werdum will next step onto the canvas on December 30, when he will take on another former heavyweight champ in Cain Velasquez. What do you think about his comments on the UFC? Sound off, Penn Nation!