Fabricio Werdum finally seems to be in the know regarding his departure from the UFC. Here’s some of his thoughts care of Free Fight Videos:
“When I first heard the rumors, I didn’t know anything. I had four more fights left with them on my contract, which ran to 2010. But they demanded to renegotiate my existing contract by cutting my pay in half,” revealed the heavyweight.
He added that his departure had nothing to do with the video game licensing dispute: “No that wasn’t an issue but it’s not something that benefit’s the fighters”
Cutting pay in half … wow. I just don’t understand why the UFC re-signs people at one set of terms and then turns around and pulls something like this. You’d figure hard bargaining should happen when a contract comes up for negotiation, not a few months later. I know we’ve all accepted the fact that the UFC are evil motherfuckers when it comes to stuff like this, but I’d feel morally remiss if I didn’t mention how crazy shit like that is.
Werdum is talking about fighting for Affliction and Midsy thinks Werdum vs Barnett would be a great fight. That’s not too shabby of an idea, but I have a feeling that Affliction is still trying to set up Josh vs Aleks 2. Whether the CSAC (sans fuckface Garcia) will allow that is the big question. But hey … if Aleks isn’t lying about the Hep C thing then it shouldn’t be a problem.