This Saturday night at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum, reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will battle Fabricio Werdum in one of the two remaining quarterfinals bouts in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
So far, two tournament quarterfinals bouts have already taken place, with Antonio Silva and Sergei Kharitonov advancing on their separate sides of the tournament bracket by defeating Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski, respectively. Overeem recently told FightLine.com that he sees himself advancing in the tournament and eventually facing teammate Kharitonov.
“It will be a Golden Glory final between Kharitonov and myself,” Overeem predicted of the tournament finals.
“Ubereem” once highly desired a fight against Emelianenko, but “The Last Emperor” has now lost two in a row and has already been eliminated from the tournament, where Overeem was hoping to meet the enigmatic Russian. Emelianenko’s loss to Silva inspired conflicting emotions in Overeem.
“Mixed feelings; on one hand Fedor always brings something extra to the tournament but on the other hand ‘Bigfoot’ Silva won the fight fair and square so he deserves to be in the semi-finals,” said Overeem.
Despite the dulled luster of a bout with Emelianenko, Overeem would still relish the opportunity to take on one of the sport’s most respected competitors.
“Yes, of course but the question will be if that’s going to happen,” he said of fighting Fedor. “At the moment he’s not my priority, the tournament is my priority and after that we can always see if that’s a fight that we can work out.”
Overeem faces Fabricio Werdum this Saturday, June 18th from American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. The main card will air live on Showtime. The winner between Overeem and Werdum will go on to face Antonio Silva, while the victor of the Josh Barnett – Brett Rogers semifinal on the same card will take on Kharitonov.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.