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Fabricio Werdum Will Not Compete Again Until Next Year has learned that top Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will be sidelined due to as-yet-undisclosed reasons until at least next year.

“The date is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he’s going to be sidelined for the next five months,” Coker told MMAJunkie.

Werdum recently scored the upset of the year when he submitted pound-for-pound great Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko via triangle choke in the first round of their June Strikeforce: Fedor Vs. Werdum meeting.

It is unconfirmed whether or not Werdum’s layoff is solely related to the elbow injury that he recently declared he would be receiving surgery to correct although his manager has since revealed that no doctors have yet advised surgery.

Werdum has gone 3-0 in the Strikeforce promotion since being released from the UFC following a knockout loss to current number two heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos. Werdum has racked up wins over Mike Kyle, Antonio “Giant” Silva and Fedor Emelianenko during his tenure with America’s number two fight promotion.