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'Sad' Fabricio Werdum releases statement after UFC Fight Night 127 KO loss


Fabricio Werdum is naturally disappointed with his knockout loss to Alexander Volkov in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 127 headliner. However, the former UFC heavyweight champion doesn’t seem as if he’ll let the loss define him.

Werdum’s (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC) quest back to UFC gold took a serious hit when he succumbed to a fourth-round knockout against Volkov (30-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) in the main event bout at The O2 in London. The Brazilian was fighting for the fourth time in the past eight months, and though he had his moments, he durability and conditioning couldn’t hold up.

Although it’s a “difficult moment” for Werdum, the 40-year-old gave no indication that his end is near in a post-fight statement released on social media (via Instagram):

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!

With the loss, Werdum fell to 3-2 since he dropped the UFC heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in May 2016. He suffered a somewhat debatable majority decision loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 213 in July, but the outcome against Volkov was definitive.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 127, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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