It was not Fabricio Werdum’s night on Saturday as he lost to Russian Alexander Volkov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 127 in London.
A former UFC Heavyweight champion, Werdum was the favourite to win the fight, but Volkov’s range and accurate striking were too much for the Brazilian, who was finished in the fourth round.
On the day after the fight, Werdum took to Instagram to thank his followers for their support in the lead up to the fight, as well as after it.
His statement, which was in both Portuguese and English, also stated that he would aim to stay positive in the aftermath of the shock defeat.
“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,” he wrote. “I am sad but I keep my head up with the certainty that the most important [aspect] of this trajectory is how we rise from a fall.”
Although the Brazilian, who turns 41 in July, did not explicitly state whether he would stop or continue fighting, he did state that he continued to have determination and the energy to continue on his “path of success”.
Werdum has gone 3-2 in the Octagon since losing the UFC Heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic in May 2016, with the two losses coming to Volkov and Alistair Overeem. Saturday’s loss to Volkov is only the third time that Werdum has lost by knockout in his 32-fight MMA career.