MMA Twitter reacts after Junior dos Santos defeats Fabricio Werdum in Jacksonville

By Chris Taylor - September 8, 2023

Tonight’s Gamebred FC event was headlined by a rematch between former UFC heavyweight champions Fabricio Werdum and Junior dos Santos.

Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, Bareknuckle, UFC

Werdum (24-9-1 MMA) and Dos Santos (21-10 MMA) had originally collided at UFC 90 in October of 2008, with ‘JDS’ emerging victorious by way of first-round TKO in a fight that served as his Octagon debut.

Now, almost fifteen full years later, the pair squared off once again, this time under Jorge Masvidal’s ‘Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA’ fight banner.

Junior dos Santos had entered the contest looking to snap a five-fight losing skid. The former UFC heavyweight champion had lost all five of his previous recent fights by TKO, suffering those setbacks to Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Ciryl Gane and most recently Yorgan De Castro.

Meanwhile, Fabricio Werdum had last competed in May of 2021 under the PFL banner, where his bout with Renan Ferreira was ultimately ruled a no-contest. Prior to that controversial fight, ‘Vai Cavalo’ was coming off a first-round submission win over Alexander Gustafsson under the UFC banner in July of 2020.

Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA, Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, UFC

Tonight’s heavyweight rematch resulted in a split decision victory for Junior dos Santos. JDS was able to get the better of Fabricio Werdum on the feet, even dropping his adversary with a right hand in the final seconds of round one (see that here). While he made multiple efforts, Werdum was never really successful in his attempts to get the fight to the ground, which cost him.

Official Gamebred FC 5 Results: Junior dos Santos def. Fabricio Werdum by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)

Check out how MMA Twitter reacted to ‘Werdum vs. dos Santos 2’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Junior dos Santos defeating Fabricio Werdum tonight in Jacksonville:

What did you think of tonight’s heavyweight main event? Were you surprised by the outcome?