GPB – Rafael Cordeiro and Jim Genia

Fabricio Werdum

Fabricio Werdum enjoys himself after defeating Cain Velasquez. (

Fabricio Werdum’s third round submission over Cain Velasquez on Saturday in Mexico City cemented his status among the most decorated heavyweight champions in MMA history. For the past eight years Rafael Cordeiro has orchestrated Werdum’s progression from a jiu-jitsu and submission grappling king to an MMA killer. The Brazilian trainer, a product of the Chute Boxe lineage, spoke about his perspective from the corner while Werdum survived an early rush from Velasquez to survive and thrive.

MMA in New York has been part of a battle since the state banned the UFC in 1997. Reporter and New York MMA advocate Jim Genia joined GPB to discuss the latest news, which indicates the state will legalize the sport by the end of this week.