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Date Set For Fabricio Werdum – Alistair Overeem Quarterfinal Bout

Strikeforce that Fabricio “Vai Cavallo” Werdum’s return to the cage from an injury-induced layoff against Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem in a quarter-final bout in the upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will take place on April 9.

Werdum is coming off of the biggest win of his life, having toppled MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko over the summer, and already holds a win over the champion (he defeated Overeem in a PRIDE Grand Prix bout in 2006). Considering this and his claim to full health, Werdum believes that he has everything going for him to win the Grand Prix.

“I feel good. I’m excited for the tournament, my second tournament,” Werdum said in a recent Strikeforce promo video. “I like the idea, congratulations Scott [Coker]. I’m preparing in everything, stand up, the ground–I’m one hundred percent in my mind and my body. I will win this tournament.”

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt finds confidence in his recent victory over Emelianenko and his prior win over the current champion.

“My last fight, I shocked the world, I’ll shock the world one more time,” he said. “My next opponent is [Alistair] Overeem; I beat Overeem three years ago and I’ll beat him one more time.”

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