Fabricio Werdum Rescues Drowning Teenager

For some fans, their favourite fighters, are their heroes. Well now Fabricio Werdum has become a real life hero, by rescuing a teenager who was drowning in Southern California.

The former UFC heavyweight champion was quick to jump into action when needed, as he told the Brazilian web site AgFight.com, in Portuguese (translated by MMA Junkie).

“When we saw the fireman’s car, the car stopped in front of us. I said I was going to help, and Karine (his wife) wasn’t sure, because it was dangerous. But when I looked, there were two tiny heads at sea yelling ‘help.’ They were very far, about 70 meters away. When the lifeguard grabbed the board by himself, I took off my coat and ran. I took the orange floater, threw it across my chest, and I arrived with him, a little further ahead even. I told him to get the girl, who was screaming a lot, and I got the boy, who was already limp. I was able to get him, and we swam toward the beach. …

“Then, at shore, an old man helped me. The waves were big. The girl sank about three times.”

Looking back on the rescue, Werdum said it was much more nerve-racking than fighting.

“Wow, my heart was beating a million. It’s an extreme situation. The heart goes to a million. It’s worse than a fight. It’s not even close.”

Werdum is currently serving a two-year suspension by USADA and has requested to be release by the UFC.

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