Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum suffered a fourth round knockout loss to Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC Fight Night London.
The loss is a major setback for the Brazilian, who was potentially a win or two away from a shot to reclaim the UFC Heavyweight Title.
Werdum has now taken to Instagram to issue a statement on his latest defeat:
Gostaria de agradecer a todos que torceram por mim, que me mandaram mensagens de apoio e que estão ao meu lado neste momento difícil que é uma derrota. Estou triste porém mantenho minha cabeça erguida com a certeza que a vida é feita e erros e acertos e que o mais importante desta trajetória é como a gente se levanta de um tombo. Eu tenho a sorte de ter a felicidade e a determinação no meu coração e ser rodeado de pessoas que me respeitam e que me dão a energia que eu preciso para continuar minha trajetória de sucesso. Obrigado pelo apoio e saiba que cada um de vocês é muito importante para mim! I would like to thank everyone who cheered for me, who sent me messages of support and who are by my side in this difficult moment which is a defeat. I am sad but I keep my head up with the certainty that life is made and mistakes and correct and that the most important of this trajectory is how we rise from a fall. I am fortunate to have happiness and determination in my heart and to be surrounded by people who respect me and who give me the energy that I need to continue my path of success. Thanks for the support and know that each one of you is very important to me!
Outside of the cage, one of Werdum’s biggest haters is welterweight fighter Colby Covington, who posted the following on Twitter to mock the former champion:
Covington and Werdum first became rivals after the welterweight referred to all Brazilians as “filthy animals” after a win at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo. The two would later get physical prior to UFC Fight Night Sydney, where Werdum would assault Covington with a boomerang.
Since both fighters are in two different weight classes, it is highly unlikely that they will settle their differences inside of the Octagon.