By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
After a tough first round TKO loss to top UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 in October of 2008, Werdum was not kept on the UFC roster. Werdum batted .500 inside the octagon, dropping two fights – the aforementioned dos Santos bout, as well as a decision loss to former champion Andrei Arlovski in a three-round snoozefest at UFC 70 in April of 2007. Werdum did however pick up two wins in the octagon, both against legitimate fighters. He took out Brandon Vera with punches in the closing moments of the first round of their fight at UFC 85, a stoppage that was somewhat controversial at the time. Werdum's most impressive statistic during his UFC stint came at UFC 80 in January of 2008, when he stopped fellow Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga via TKO in the second round of their fight in the semi-headline position of the UK-based event.
Despite the 50/50 run, Werdum feels his exit from the company wasn't exactly handled with as much respect as he would have liked. The now revived heavyweight contender told PVT Mag that he felt used by the UFC. “They kind of used me and threw me out. That UFC business is complicated,” Werdum said to the Brazilian publication.
He continued, “It