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Werdum Aiming For March Strikeforce Return; Wants Fedor or Overeem and Not Barnett

(Barnett? Yeah, right. You saw what he did to Affliction, didn’t you?)

Fabricio Werdum revealed to Sherdog today that he is targeting March for his return to the  Hexagontm, but says newly-signed Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett isn’t on his radar for his first or second fight back.

"The surgery was such a success and I’ve been working so hard with the physical therapy that I’ve already made some movement on the ground a few days ago using 70 percent of my power…I believe that by March, I’ll be back to the ring…My goal now is either a rematch with Fedor or (one) with Overeem for the belt," he said. "But actually the most important thing for me is not who they will choose, but that my body is 100 percent recovered, so I can show to the ones who thought I was lucky that I was actually ready and pretty well-trained to fight Fedor.”

According to Werdum, it’s not that he thinks "The Babyfaced Assassin" is any less of an opponent than "The Last Emperor" or "The Demolition Man," it’s that he hasn’t thought about fighting him at all.

"I thought it was a great acquisition to the event," Werdum explained. "Barnett is a really tough heavyweight. I haven’t thought about facing him yet."

Translation: "I’m waiting to see if Strikeforce is still around after I fight both of those guys and if I get an invite to return to the UFC before I commit to a fight with Josh."

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jzen555- September 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Such haters, Fedor would smash Werdum in a rematch, and Brock wouldn't know what the Fuc hit his slow ass.
ArmFarmer- September 22, 2010 at 5:33 am
Fedor is like hughes, wanderlei, franklin, chuck.. he was the shit before and shortly after mma went mainstream, but there's a new generation of fighters that are way better than the previous. Just the evolution of the sport. I don't think Fedor could stay in the top 3 hw's in ufc now. Brock, Cain, and Carwin would all handle him imo.. and I think he'd struggle with Mir too. Not ignoring the fact that he knocked their heads off, but even Rogers and Arlovski made him look pretty damn vulverable.
JaredB- September 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm
And might I add, that the decision against the much maligned on this site, Antonio Silva was awful and that he pretty clearly beat Werdum posting a 10-8 and 10-9 round from any sane judge before Werdum eked out the third? This one dimensional jiu jitsu guy schooled the beloved Fedor.
JaredB- September 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm
None of these Strikeforce clowns are top 10. Why are we still supposed to give a shit about Fedor after he lost? The guy who never fights except emerging every 9 months to whoop a can, who was allegedly invincible, gets subbed by a UFC reject and we're still supposed to treat him like God, I call foul.

And beating the mediocre fat Russian dude who everybody blows doesn't give Werdum magic top ten placement either. The elbow surgery is horseshit he's using to duck real fighters like Overeem.
eatSHITdie- September 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm
Barnett will win the SF HW title and do it while testing negative the entire time. His contract will end and he will sign with the UFC. Upon doing so he will run through the UFC HW division until a title fight with then champion Mark Hunt. This will probably be at UFC 200 and will be the biggest show ever probably on NBC or possibly FOX. Before the fight Barnett will piss hot and sponsors (McDonalds, and Campells Chunky, etc) will start dropping like flies bringing the UFC and it's iron grip on MMA to a crashing halt. Coker and SF will emerge from the ashes victorious and a new generation of fair and balanced MMA will emerge. You heard it here first and I know it sounds crazy, but 2000 years ago there was a man who's opinions weren't very popular either. I'm not going to mention his name here today, thats for another time but I think you all know how that story ended......or continues to this very day.
Kimbos Bread- September 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Heads up CP, Chael Sonnen set to do a live interview tonight to address the steroid allegations on a mma talk show at 1am. And Tomasz drawl was cut from ufc.
PERPATRAITOR- September 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm
Yea fedor vs Barnett silva is perfect. Overreem is busy with k1 and can wait till march.
hinduheat- September 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Fedor vs. Barnett/Silva
Overeem vs. Werdum

Winner gets next shot.

Simple. Doy.
vaicavalo- September 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm
vaaaaaaai cavalo :D

I think Overeem is the perfect matchup for him, not Barnett or Fedor, he deserves the title shot
Prometheus- September 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm
Give him Overeem. Or just make Fedor and Overeem fight because come on, that's what we all want to see.
Prometheus- September 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm
Give him Overeem. Or just make Fedor and Overeem fight because come on, that's what all want to see.
El Guapo- September 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm
So much gets lost in translation from Portuguese to Canucky to English, it's hard to tell. What I think he meant was perhaps, if things work out they way he hopes, that maybe he might possibly fight one of those guys.

To which I would respond maybe, maybe not. Who knows, y'know?
Kimbos Bread- September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm
ufc's release of werdum was totally premature.

k that didn't sound right.
mthomas- September 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Heh, heh. "Hexagon tm"
ThrashingMad- September 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm
It means that he hasn't thought facing Barnett. It means that Overeem and Fedor are his immediate priorities. It means he'll consider facing Barnett after his match with either of the former two guys, but right now doesn't wish to be distracted by the thought. It may very well have meant that he wishes to give a succinct answer in order to end the interview quickly because he has to take a dump. But I don't think it means what you said.
Mike Russell- September 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Really, Bill? What does, "I want Overeem or Fedor" and "I haven't thought about facing Barnett" mean, then?
RwilsonR- September 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm
Seriously, though... why would he want Barnett? Does nothing for him.
Bill Jackson- September 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm
That's not what I think he meant at all....