Fabricio Werdum Comes Close To Death In Mexico
Ahead of the biggest fight of his life – a heavyweight title fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 180, Brazilian star Fabricio Werdum took his entire training camp to the Nevado de Toluca region on Mexico to help acclimatize to the high altitude he’d be experiencing in Mexico City.
In total, Werdum and 12 members of his camp, including Rafael Cordeiro, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and Felipe Werdum, arrived at the house they were renting, only to discover it was bitterly cold and they didn’t have any power, so they had to use a gasoline generator in the residence to get the heating up and running.
On the first evening after training and eating dinner, the team was tired and soon went to bed.
However, what they didn’t know was that while they were sleeping the generator was slowly leaking deadly carbon monoxide, a silent killer responsible for over 500 deaths per year in the United States alone, into the house.
Werdum awoke in the middle of the night suffering from a serious headache, nause,a and dizziness, leaving him unable to find the strength to get out of bed. Others in the camp were also suffering the same symptoms, but thankfully his brother Felipe managed to struggle out of bed and had the foresight to switch off the generator.
The entire team was hospitalized afterward, suffering from sickness and diarrhea as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning, with a doctor informing them that if they had slept on for just another couple of hours they would almost certainly have died.