The heavyweight, himself, confirmed these intentions in a chat with Brazil’s Portal do Vale Tudo on Thursday.
“Of course I love fighting in the UFC, but after this complication, this doping that I found unfair, I’d like to fight in other events,” Werdum said in his native Portuguese.
Werdum said he has two fights left on his current deal and that the promotion would like him to continue with them after he’s eligible to return – which will happen on March 2020. His idea, however, is to do “the right thing,” which would be to rescind his contract.
“What I’d like to do right now is to be free, for the UFC to have the consideration with me to release me,” Werdum said.