Tomorrow 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.
Overeem recently told MMAJunkie.com that the winner of the tournament can call themselves the “No. 1″ fighter in the world, and should go on to face the UFC Champion.
“The winner of the tournament should fight the UFC champion,” Overeem told MMAJunkie.com. “That sounds like a logical next step.”
It’s not the first time that “Ubereem” has expressed interest in facing the UFC’s top heavyweight. When we recently asked Overeem what fight outside of Strikeforce he most desires, he was quick to name the currently-standing UFC heavyweight champion.
“I always look for the challenge so my answer is Cain Velasquez,” said Overeem. “Alistair Overeem vs. Cain Valasquez sounds good to me on PPV. We are ready to fight anybody under the right conditions.”
Before he can think about Velasquez, he has to worry about the challenge of Werdum, who defeated him in PRIDE in 2006. Overeem noted that he has a difficult challenge ahead of him, however is confident heading into tomorrow night.
“He’s [Werdum] got a lot of experience. I suspect he’s been preparing in a standup fight. I think I have to be sharp,” Overeem stated to MMAJunkie. “I’m not going to predict about the fight. Let’s just say that I’m confident in any situation in the fight.”
Overeem faces 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 fight on the same card will take on Sergei Kharitonov in the semi-finals.