Fabricio “Vai Cavallo” Werdum has big plans for his future in MMA.
A Pride FC and UFC veteran and the first man to have legitimately defeated Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko in MMA competition, Werdum is currently awaiting a bout with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem — which will come in the opening round of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix — but has his eyes on a slightly bigger prize down the line: the UFC heavyweight title.
“I guess it will go on until the end, but as Strikeforce has been purchase by UFC, I don’t know if it’ll actually happen, if there’ll be a next round or if they’ll cancel it…,” Werdum recently told Tatame.com of the Strikeforce Grand Prix. “I don’t know what will happen, I don’t know what’s on their mind. I said it a while ago: I intend to win this GP, then challenge the top guy from UFC. I actually said that in some interviews, but people said I couldn’t do that since it’s two separate organizations, the events are each other’s contender, but now it’s possible because the events belong to the same organization. UFC purchased Strikeforce, so it’s possible they match this GP’s champion with UFC’s champion. Why can’t it happen? So, a thing I’ve wanted for a long time can now become true. That’s my goal.”
Werdum is currently scheduled to take on Overeem at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum this June 18, likely at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.