Fabricio Werdum: By The Numbers

By Brian Knapp Nov 15, 2017

Fabricio Werdum wants to make the most of the time he has left.

The two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist will serve as a short-notice fill-in for Mark Hunt, as he meets former M-1 Global champion Marcin Tybura in the UFC Fight Night 121 main event this Saturday at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. Werdum has alternated wins and losses in each of his past four appearances. The longtime Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last competed at UFC 216 on Oct. 7, when he needed just 65 seconds to submit Walt Harris with a first-round armbar. Werdum has compiled a 10-4 record in two stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a run that includes a heavyweight title reign and victories against the aforementioned Hunt, American Kickboxing Academy ace Cain Velasquez, former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and “The Ultimate Fighter 10” winner Roy Nelson.

As Werdum prepares for his high-stakes clash with Tybura, here are some of the numbers that have come to define him:

2: Career losses by knockout. Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic did the honors, dos Santos at UFC 90 on Oct. 25, 2008 and Miocic at UFC 198 on May 14, 2016.

6: Professional victories by knockout or technical knockout. Hunt, Mike Russow, Brandon Vera, Gabriel Gonzaga (twice) and Ebenezer Fontes Braga were the victims.

7: Countries in which he has competed as a mixed martial artist. Werdum has fought in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, England, Netherlands, Japan and Morocco. Australia will be the eighth.

11: Career wins by submission. Werdum has won three times by triangle armbar, twice by armbar, twice by guillotine choke, once by arm-triangle choke, once by kimura, once by rear-naked choke and once by triangle choke.

14: Fighters other than Werdum who have captured the undisputed UFC heavyweight crown. They are dos Santos, Miocic, Velasquez, Mark Coleman, Maurice Smith, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Kevin Randleman, Josh Barnett, Ricco Rodriguez, Tim Sylvia, Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski and Brock Lesnar.

40: Years of age. Werdum was born on Aug. 24, 1977 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

77: Percent of his career victories via finish. Werdum has secured 17 of his 22 wins by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

164: Combined wins between the six men who have defeated Werdum. They are Arlovski, Miocic, Nogueira, dos Santos, Alistair Overeem (twice) and Sergei Kharitonov.

336: Days spent as the UFC heavyweight champion. Werdum held the title from June 13, 2015 to May 14, 2016.

630: Significant strikes landed in Ultimate Fighting Championship competition, per FightMetric. Werdum ranks third among heavyweights on the UFC’s all-time list behind dos Santos (899) and Velasquez (718).

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