Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum dropped a majority decision loss to longtime rival Alistair Overeem at the UFC 213-pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (July 8, 2017) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he’s not happy about it.
As a result, “Vai Cavalo” will appeal the judges’ decision and petition Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to overturn the result, which would invariably lead to a fourth fight with “The Reem.”
"The athletic commission gives us a chance to appeal, so I want to see what happens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting. "I have the right to appeal because I don’t want this loss on my record. I’m sure I won because I won the first and the third rounds, and lost the second one.”
Werdum captured round three, in which he scored a knockdown (see it), but dropped rounds one and two on the official scorecards.
"When I lose a fight I admit it, but this one… The crowd booed him, I received a lot of messages,” he continued. “Everyone saw I won. You saw my face after the fight, I couldn’t believe I lost. I was surprised."
Werdum submitted Overeem back in PRIDE, but then came up short in a close decision in their Strikeforce rematch a few years later. While he was looking for a more definitive finish in “Sin City,” the Brazilian was unable to seal the deal and may (or may not have) been boned on the cards.
As far as the appeal? If this wasn’t overturned, what chance does Werdum have?