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Old 10-06-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It's easy to describe Fabricio Werdum's victory over Fedor Emelianenko as just that, but the Brazilian doesn't want that win to be the only thing people remember him for in the sport of MMA. He's readying for an early 2011 comeback to prove it.

Following the win over Emelianenko, Werdum had to undergo elbow surgery that sidelined the fighter for the remainder of 2010. Now making his way back to the gym again, Werdum is going through the right steps to make sure his recovery happens as quickly and safely as possible.

"He's doing great actually," Richard Wilner, Werdum's manager told MMAWeekly.com on Monday. "He's still undergoing physical therapy, and physical therapy is more intense than one might imagine, and it includes a number of plyometric exercises and weightlifting. He started light training about 10 days ago, so he's progressing remarkably."

Werdum will leave the United States in just over a week to embark on a trip to teach seminars across Europe including stops in Spain, France, Croatia, and Italy. He will then return home to get friend and training partner Renato "Babalu" Sobral ready for his December fight against Dan Henderson for Strikeforce.

As far as his own fight future, assuming everything stays on track, Werdum will be ready to return to the cage in the first part of 2011.

"We've been training and preparing, mentally and physically to fight again at either the end of February or early March," Wilner said.

The opponents for Werdum's return to Strikeforce seem to narrow down to only two names, Alistair Overeem or Fedor Emelianenko. While Wilner is quick to point out that they aren't opposed to any match-up, the choice of the next fighter to face Werdum is an important one for the Brazilian.

"We don't pick our opponents, and I don't say that to mean it's only up to Strikeforce who we fight, though there is truth to that. We don't come from a camp where we hand pick opponents, so whatever fight makes sense, that's the fight we take," Wilner stated.

Werdum holds wins over both of his potential next fights, defeating Overeem in 2006 and of course the victory over Emelianenko earlier this year. Either fight would make sense, but according to Wilner the former Pride heavyweight champion has the biggest case for a second crack at Werdum.

"Be it against Alistair (Overeem) for the belt, although Fabricio's already beaten Alistair, so some may see that as a step back, although Alistair is a completely different fighter now. By step back, we absolutely mean no disrespect to Alistair, we just mean that they fought before and while it was a long time ago, I don't even know if it would be considered a rematch, but if it was considered a rematch there's one guy out there that’s arguably deserving of a rematch more than Alistair, and that's Fedor (Emelianenko)," Wilner said.

Currently, Fedor Emelianenko has one fight remaining on his current deal with Strikeforce, and there's been no word on if an agreement between his management team at M-1 Global and the promotion will be sorted out any time soon. Wilner admits that they've had no contact with M-1 Global or Strikeforce about bringing in Fedor for a shot at redemption against Werdum.

"We haven't negotiated that and we're open to anything," he said about a second fight with Fedor.

While other names have popped up in the Strikeforce heavyweight division, such as recent signee Josh Barnett, Werdum's manager believes it all comes down to Overeem or Emelianenko. No other choice makes sense.

"That's the feeling that we have," Wilner said about Werdum's next fight. "No disrespect to Josh (Barnett), he's a great competitor, and we know him well, but it makes no sense for us or for Strikeforce as an organization for Josh to be able to step right in and fight Fabricio. He needs to earn that right."

Werdum will continue to rehab and get ready for his 2011 return and wait for Strikeforce to make the call as to who he will face in his next fight.
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By any means, i wouldn't consider Overeem a step back. I say they go with Werdum-Fedor II, since Alistair is probably heading towards K-1 GP final.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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when you beat the consenus number 1 HW in the world, anybody is a step back, nevermind a guy who doesnt belong in the top 5.

i would bet on Werdum if it was Overeem. I dont see any fight that makes sense at SF for him besides Overeem or Fedor.
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Overeem is a MAJOR step forward for Werdum imo. If he's fighting anybody else it will be a massive letdown and only cement SF's legacy as a semi-pro organization.
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God only knows, they'll probably make him fight Brett Rogers or something, strikeforce need to get the finger out and start making their number 1's fight each other.
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I think/hope he will give Fedor the rematch!
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God only knows, they'll probably make him fight Brett Rogers or something, strikeforce need to get the finger out and start making their number 1's fight each other.
You're kidding right? The #1 thing happend once. When it was Rogers/Overeem.


You wanna talk #1s not fighting eachother?? why did the UFC never have JDS fight Cain?

Why don't they have JDS/Carwin? Why did the feed guys like Leites and Irvin to Anderson Silva and make Yushin Okami wait in an invisible line since everybody had been cleared out anyway.

Let me give you a little something that posters like you can chew on. STRIKEFORCE never came out and said "we're better than the UFC" it's UFC fanboys who continue attacking and critiquing the STRIKEFORCE organization like some paranoid reaction whenever the name or an event is mentioned... Wanna hear something funny about Rogers challenging Overeem for a title coming off of a loss...? Listen Carefully....

On June 4th 2005 Justin Eilers fought Andrei Arlovski for the UFC HW Title at UFC53 Heavy Hitters.....

Justin Eilers went into that championship fight coming off of a loss to Paul Buentello...at UFC51

Shit happens, even in the UFC. Get over it.
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You're kidding right? The #1 thing happend once. When it was Rogers/Overeem.


You wanna talk #1s not fighting eachother?? why did the UFC never have JDS fight Cain?

Why don't they have JDS/Carwin? Why did the feed guys like Leites and Irvin to Anderson Silva and make Yushin Okami wait in an invisible line since everybody had been cleared out anyway.

Let me give you a little something that posters like you can chew on. STRIKEFORCE never came out and said "we're better than the UFC" it's UFC fanboys who continue attacking and critiquing the STRIKEFORCE organization like some paranoid reaction whenever the name or an event is mentioned... Wanna hear something funny about Rogers challenging Overeem for a title coming off of a loss...? Listen Carefully....

On June 4th 2005 Justin Eilers fought Andrei Arlovski for the UFC HW Title at UFC53 Heavy Hitters.....

Justin Eilers went into that championship fight coming off of a loss to Paul Buentello...at UFC51

Shit happens, even in the UFC. Get over it.
This is all deliciously ironic coming from you.

That said, I do respect your venturing into UFC territory as of late. I like that you're willing to expand. And I can agree with you in certain regards. I've long been against the idea of lining up Junior and Cain for title fights when they should indeed be fighting one another. It's one of my biggest critiques on Dana and the HW division to date.
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At least their putting Bader and Jones against each other.
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Cain fighting JDS would have been the dumbest thing UFC could have done as a promotion.

You are thinking like a fan and not like a business owner. You have JDS vs Cain and Cain wins (its my post so Cain obv wins MOFOZ!!) and he faces Lesnar???

Then Cain beats Lesnar (obv, its still my post) and then what?? Carwin gets another title shot?? Mir gets another one??


The division is paper thin. Having the 2 most exciting up and comers prob in the history of the division in the UFC fight each other when a belt isnt on the line = dumb business
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This is all deliciously ironic coming from you.

That said, I do respect your venturing into UFC territory as of late. I like that you're willing to expand. And I can agree with you in certain regards. I've long been against the idea of lining up Junior and Cain for title fights when they should indeed be fighting one another. It's one of my biggest critiques on Dana and the HW division to date.
I used to post alot in the UFC section back in '08.. I began exploring other organizations I liked the undiscovered talent and the fighers that for one reason or another just seemed to destroy everybody and get no recognition they slept in orgs like EliteXC, ROTR, Strikeforce, DREAM and Sengoku...

These guys are poring their blood and sweat in the cages and nobody even knew who the hell they were.. I never hated the UFC, I hated the fact that the uninformed fan would register, log in and say crap like...OMFG "Jake Shields would get brutally raped by the UFCs top 10 WWs" when in all actuality alot of these underground fighters just as skillful if not more so than some of their Zuffa counterparts....

I love seeing an athlete like Rafael Feijao, or Hector Lombard smash 3 different smaller organizations and finally a few years later sign to the UFC if that's what he desires. Because he's earned it.

I watch alot of smaller orgs. I always have... I watch SHINE fights, Shark Fights, always tryed to catch SpirtMC events... I was watching guys like Jarad Hamman fight in tiny shows at Casinos way before they signed with Zuffa...

I just genuinly am a huge fan of MMA. Every org and I have my favorite fighters.. I usually stick up for them and or at times will become outspoken when posters start leaning too hard on ignorant assumptions or just posting out of their ass trying to find whatever reason they can to discredit a smaller show..

That's bullshit to me.. We all know that the UFC is the big dog as far as money, stability and their buisness model is concerned...

But why hold it against smaller shows for trying to give fans what they love to see?? And that is a good MMA fight.

I don't see the Overeem/Rogers situation being as some huge rookie mistake that's it's been made out to be. When you don't have a huge roster of either top notch talent or overhyped talent you have to work with what you've got.

The UFC has done the same thing before. But for some reason, uneducated posters will continue to try to crucify STRIKEFORCE every chance they get with it..
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