Since capturing the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight strap from previous two-time titleholder Cain Velasquez in June, reigning 265-pound king Fabricio Werdum has been able to enjoy himself outside of the Octagon.
And now, "Vai Cavalo," who will rematch Velasquez at a mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Brazil sometime in first-quarter 2016, is set to become an ambassador of Chechen Akhmat Fight Club, which is said to be a "lucrative deal" for the Brazilian, according to manager Ali Abdelaziz, that allows him to train in Chechnya part time.
This according to a report from MMAjunkie.
A trio of UFC fighters, including Werdum, Middleweight champion Chris Weidman and one-time Heavyweight king Frank Mir traveled to the Russian territory by invitation from controversial Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who's an MMA fan that started the Akhmat team, in March to witness World Fighting Championship Akhmat's debut event.
"Chechnya was a great experience," Werdum said. "The people there were very generous, and I was treated like a real champion. I'm looking forward to going back there and help develop Chechnyan MMA."
While the 37-year-old will spend time training in Chechnya ahead of his highly anticipated showdown with the American Kickboxing Academy star Velasquez, Chechen fighters, such as recent UFC acquisition Abdul-Kerim Edilov, will come stateside to train with muay-thai master and Werdum coach, Rafael Cordeiro, at King's MMA.
Hopefully this endeavor leads to more beasts in UFC from that region of the world.