Former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum to make PFL debut against Renan Ferreira

Article by Brett Okamoto, ESPN staff writer

Legendary Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will make his PFL debut against Renan Ferreira, PFL president Ray Sefo told ESPN.

A former UFC champion, Werdum (24-9-1) will headline a PFL event May 6 in Atlantic City. The card will also feature 2019 PFL champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison against Mariana Morais. The event, which marks the third event of PFL’s 2021 regular season, will air on ESPN2.


Full Lineup Of May 6 PFL Event

Fabricio Werdum vs. Renan Ferreira
Ali Isaev vs. Hatef Moeil
Mohammed Usman vs. Brandon Sayles
Denis Goltsov vs. Justin Willis
Ante Delija vs. Bruno Cappelozza
Female Lightweight:
Kayla Harrison vs. Mariana Morais
Genah Fabian vs. Laura Sanchez
Larissa Pacheco vs. TBD
Cindy Dandois vs. Kaitlin Young
Olena Kolesnyk vs. Taylor Guardado


Werdum fought out his UFC contract in 2020 and signed a new deal with the PFL. He fought exclusively in the UFC from 2012 to 2020. He has also fought in Strikeforce and Pride Fighting Championships.

The 43-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2002 and has faced nearly every elite heavyweight of his era, including Stipe MiocicFedor EmelianenkoCain VelasquezJunior dos SantosAlistair OvereemAntonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Hunt.

Ferreira (6-2) trains out of Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro. May 6 will also mark his promotional debut.

Harrison (8-0) is a heavy favourite to repeat as PFL’s 155-pound female champion.


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Former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum to make PFL debut against Renan Ferreira