Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum looks to remain at the top of the contender list when he faces Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 127 Saturday night.
The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass from The O2 Arena in London.
Werdum (23-7-1) has won 11 of his 15 Octagon bouts overall, including three out of four since a 2016 loss to Stipe Miocic in Brazil for the belt.
But he’s made more headlines outside the cage. Werdum was involved in a boomerang incident in Australia with Colby Covington and has come under fire about comments made concerning the UFC. He now says all is good between the two sides.
“I’m very happy to be in the UFC and with my fight purses too,” he told MMAjunkie. “I’m happy to be a company guy.
“Realistically, I have to be a company guy. It makes a difference – to fight and defend the company where you work.”
Werdum lashed out against Reebok when the UFC agreed to be sponsored by the company. He lost his job as the Spanish-language announcer for events soon after, but has since been reinstated.
He stated that his issues with the UFC and Covington are insignificant moving forward. Werdum also had a run-in with interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson last year.
“For me, that’s in the past. He’s a nobody. He’s never won anything. He only talks crap. He badmouths an entire country – so he has zero credit,” Werdum said. “I compare him to someone who first arrives in America with no credit. He’s a guy with no credit. He’s never been a champion. I think he was brave to provoke me like that, but he was also stupid. If it happened in Brazil, I would have beat the hell out of him, so he’d learn to respect another country. But that’s in the past now, as is Ferguson.
“I don’t provoke anyone, and I don’t badmouth anyone,” he said. “But if they do it to me, I will answer. I won’t be quiet. My mother taught me that if I get beat up on the streets, I’ll get beat up at home too. So I don’t bring insults home. If someone tells me something, I’ll respond in kind. I never start.”