Fabricio Werdum Withdraws from PFL 6 Bout vs. Brandon Sayles

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 2, 2021


Fabricio Werdum won’t be competing at PFL 6 later this month as previously announced.

The Brazilian heavyweight was slated to face Brandon Sayles at the June 25 event, but has withdrawn from the card due to lingering effects from his promotional debut against Renan Ferreira on May 6. Werdum initially lost that bout via TKO, but the result was later overturned to a no contest when it was determined that Ferreira appeared to tap to a triangle choke from “Vai Cavalo” moments before the finish.” MMAFighting.com was first to report Werdum’s exit from the card.

At the moment, it is unclear if Werdum will be able to compete in the remainder of the PFL season and if a replacement opponent for Sayles will be sought. Ferreira recently criticized the organization for not booking an immediately rematch between the two men, but now it appears that would not be a possibility.

PFL 6 takes place at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., and is headlined by a women’s lightweight scrap between Kayla Harrison and Cindy Dandois. The main card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.

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