After losing his spot in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix by dropping a lackluster decision to then-champion Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum wasn’t exactly sure what his future would hold under the new, Zuffa-helmed Strikeforce.
Turns out, his future there wouldn’t last very long, but that’s a good thing for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, as he’s now been absorbed – along with most of the rest of the Strikeforce heavyweight division – into the UFC. Waiting for Vai Cavallo there are a slew of new and interesting match ups, as well as a rubber match he highly desires against Overeem.
“When I’m fighting with Overeem, I don’t know, because I trained a lot, I never stopped training, but two times the fight was canceled,” Werdum explained to MMAPrime’s Aaron Tru. “… Normally guys train three months, two months for camp, I’m training maybe six-seven months, never stopped the training. For sure I was overtraining with Overeem, because I have good gas every time. With Overeem, I don’t know what happened, I had no power, I was tired.”
With Werdum having tapped Overeem out in PRIDE, back in 2006, their fight record now stands at 1-1, leaving the door open for a rubber match, sooner or later.
“I have the opportunity now, next fight or I don’t know win, to fight Overeem again. Because now, he win one time, I won the other time in PRIDE. I submit him, he didn’t submit me, just decision. I want this fight. Maybe not now, but one day.”