This week Strikeforce has officially announced a heavyweight GP which promises to mix things on MMAís market. Chosen to participate of the GP, FabrŪcio Werdum is training hard and motivated to conquest this tournament. Recovered from the injury that put him off the rings for six months, the world champion of Jiu-Jitsu and champion of ADCC is sharpen his conditioning to get 100% o February 12th, when heíll face Alistair Overeem on the first phase of the GP. ďIíll finish him again, you can bet on itĒ, promises Werdum, who might confront, on the second step of the tournament, the Russian Fedor Emelianenko, a guy he has submitted last year. Despite cheering for Big Foot, the Brazilian who currently lives on the United States wants to give the Russian a rematch. ďTo Fedor Iíll concede this rematch happily, because I like him and he deserves this rematchĒ, said Werdum, on the exclusive interview that you check below.
How are the trainings going? Are you 100% recovered from your injury?
From the injury Iím totally recovered, but I still ainít on my best physically. Iím training enough to get it back. Everyday I go to Huntington Beach to train with Rafael (Cordeiro). I train with him from 11am to 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I have a special training with Jason Miller and Mark MuŮoz. We do a sparring and train Wrestling with MuŮoz.
Youíll face Alistair Overeem, a guy youíve submitted in Pride, in 2006, on the fisrt round of the tournament. What are your expectations for this fight?
The expectations are as high as they can get. Being trained I can fight anyone. Iíve changed my mind. Before I entered there thinking about my opponent, now I get there thinking of me, how Iíll get to him and what I can do. We both evolved a lot. Overeem evolved a lot on the floor and heís stronger and more experienced. When we fought in 2006, I pretend to do it for a while, fooled him a bit (laughs). Now Iím training a lot my bang but it still isnít good for me to bang with him. The guy has just won K-1, so Iíll try to go for the ground, even because he was training his bang a lot and he didnít have enough time to improve his ground game for this fight with me.
Will this be your game plan?
The fight will be very tactic, itíll be like the one of 2006 and Iíll catch him again, you can bet on it. Iíll beat him with my game plan and smartness. The longer it gets, the better it is for be because he has a background that proves heís not resistant. Iíll tire him up, bring him to the ground and finish the fight.
On the same side of the key Strikeforce matched Fedor Emelianenko and AntŰnio Big Foot, two guys youíve beaten. What is your bet for this fight?
Fedor is hungry for a win, because he has just lost to me and he wants to win again. But Iíve talked to Big Foot and he also wants to win pretty bad. Between two heavyweights, anything can happen, thereís o favorite. Big Foot is very tough, can handle much and has heavy hands.
Technically, your side of the key is stronger, is where the favorites are. Why do you think that Strikeforce matched the fights this way?
I believe they did it that way so that they can sell many pay-per-view subscriptions on the semifinals and on the finale. Theyíre betting Iíll beat Overeem and that Fedor beats Big Foot, because they know everybody wants that rematch. So, they want to guarantee a good semifinal so that they sell it out and theyíre betting on it. Who doesnít want to watch a rematch like this one?
On the other side of the key thereís Sergei Kharitonov against Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett facing Brett Rogers. How do you think these fights with end like?
Kharitonov wins, because heíll go for it the entire time. Arlovski is good when heís attacking, but when heís attacked he backs up and I bet the Russian will beat him. On the bout between Barnett and Rogers Iím 100% Barnett because once he put Rogers on the ground, heíll turn him into a turtle (laughs).
Both Kharitoov and Arlovski has beaten you. Do you think about fighting them again?
What I think about is a rematch with Fedor. I wouldnít like to give Overeem this rematch, Iím just fighting because the event matched this fight. To Fedor Iíll give this rematch happily, because I like him and he deserves this rematch. But first I have to think about how Iíll beat Overeem so that rematch can happen.
Youíve fought on the greatest MMA events of the world, but youíve never conquered a belt. How are you facing this opportunity?
Itíd be a dream come true wining this GP. Iíve fought only one GP, which was Prideís, in 2006, when I beat Overeem on the first phase and then lost to Minotauro on the second one. Back than I lacked experience, but today, being trained and more experienced, I have the weapons to win this GP.
Werdum...like so many people tend to forget this Overeem isn't the same fighter he was at that moment in time.
He has evolved so much, especially phisically.
Werdum will be in for a big surprise really, when he gets a taste of Alistair's power.
He said that overeem has trained K1 recently so he will take it ot the ground.
I got the impression he was talking about Ghita, Aerts or Saki. Comm'on. Honestly?!
Overeem is light years ahead of Werdum on the feet. His stand-up, kickboxing is 10 times better than Werdum's. There is no way in hell ``werdum will want to keep this fight on the feet. It's suicide.
He will try to get this fight to the ground ASAP.
Overeem is gonna pusnish Werdum on the feet and if `werdum will try to get in close for the clinch he will receive wven more punishement. Overeem will just destroy him in the clinch with those vicious knees.
And even if werdum end up on the ground, Overeem now knows it's not the best thing to just follow Werdum on the ground like Fedor did. He will do it in a very calculated manner, trying to avoid every BJJ move Werdum has to offer.
I see Overeem dominating and taking this quite easily honestly.
Only a HUGE mistake can stop him from destroying Werdum.
It won't happen though.