Werdum relieved of UFC TV duties following Reebok protest

Fabricio Werdum has been fired from his job as an analyst and commentator for the UFC’s Spanish-speaking channels.

On Tuesday, the former heavyweight champion posted an image on his Instagram page of him in a Nike UFC fight kit in protest of the Reebok deal, which went into effect in July 2015. The deal prevents fighters from endorsing any of their non-Reebok sponsors during fight week events. Many fighters have spoken out against the deal saying that it costs them a sizeable chunk of their income.

In a video posted on Friday, Werdum revealed that he was fired from his broadcasting job and explained that, due to the tenure-based pay system used by Reebok, he only makes $5000 a fight in sponsorship money compared to the $100,000-$200,000 he made before the deal.

“I just want to make everything clear about my post of Nike and Reebok. I did this to protest about the sponsorship,” Werdum wrote in the caption of the post. “Before Rebook got into UFC, all the fighters use to do a lot of money with other sponsors, including me, and now they paying me only $5,000 per fight. I didn't get penalized because I have to contract with them, but they cut me out of the TV broadcast.”

Werdum is coming off of a decision win over Travis Browne at UFC 203. He is 7-1 in his last eight bouts with the one loss being to current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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