Veteran MMA heavyweight Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum has been riding high since his last fight, where he toppled one of the world’s best fighters in Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. Werdum submitted Emelianenko in the first round of their bout this past June, but was unable to capitalize immediately on the momentum he created with the victory due to an elbow injury that he underwent surgery to correct.
The Brazilian submission specialist has been rehabbing the injury and traveling the world giving seminars since; he recently caught up with GracieMag.com where he discussed what his future likely holds, including possible bouts outside of Strikeforce and a fight against Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.
“I beat Fedor my last fight. After that, I gained a lot more recognition,” Werdum asserted. “Strikeforce really wants me to face Alistair Overeem. I’ll fight him, but I feel that now I’ll be more appreciated, that’s how it is in MMA. They also want a rematch with Fedor. If Fedor game me a chance already, why wouldn’t he give me one now? I feel it’s fair. If they pay for it, I see no problem.”
Werdum also told GracieMag that he is interested in taking fights outside of the Strikeforce promotion to expose himself to different markets around the world.
“My contract isn’t exclusive; I can fight outside the United States in other events and I have loads of offers,” he said. “I can fight in Abu Dhabi. I was also in Japan, which is another market that’s interested. I can fight there too.”
Werdum last appeared in action at Strikeforce/M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum, which went down this past June 26th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.