The UFC has cut ties with Fabricio Werdum and Jason Lambert. Many expected Lambert to get his walking papers after he lost his third consecutive bout at UFC 88 in September, but Werdum's exit comes as a bit of a surprise. Five months ago he was being considered as a contender for the Heavyweight title. Then Randy Couture came back and Brock Lesnar's stock rose significantly following his win over Heath Herring. Werdum was put on the back burner and given a fight with UFC newcomer Junior Dos Santos. We all know how that one turned out.
The report indicates the UFC offered Werdum a chance to stay with the company, if he agreed to a pay cut. He did not and now he is looking for a new employer like a lot of other people in the United States. It is not a great time to be a free agent. The UFC and Affliction are biding their time until the status of EliteXC's former fighters is cleared up. There is also that whole economic downturn thing going on. Werdum's best option might be to go to Japan. For comedy's sake, I hope he signs with Affliction and they match him up with Tim Sylvia.