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Werdum Says He’s ‘Training His Bang’ for Heavyweight GP, But Will Use His ‘Smartness’ to Beat Overeem Again

(Sorry little lady, you must be as tall as the Fabricio Werdum sign in order to ride the rock-o-planes. PicProps: ProMMANow)

Everyone’s favorite Portuguese-to-English MMA news resource is at it again this weekend, posting a lengthy (and adorably mistranslated) interview with Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix participant Fabricio Werdum. sits down with Werdum as he prepares for the pie-in-the-sky tournament at the Reign Training Center in California, getting the scoop on the Porto Alegre native’s recovery from an injury that kept him out for much of 2010, how he feels about giving Alistair Overeem a rematch from their 2006 bout and who he thinks will emerge from the other (obviously weaker) side of the tournament bracket.

The answers (in order) are: Good, not so good, Kharitonov and Barnett. Though he is fully recovered from the elbow he jacked up while shocking the world in defeating Fedor Emelianenko last June, Werdum doesn’t sound particularly psyched about his upcoming date with Overeem. Weirdly, the fact that he’s reportedly getting a shot at the Strikeforce heavyweight belt in the first round of the GP doesn’t even come up. He does however indicate that he’s looking forward to a second meeting with Fedor in the semis, which he casually mentions could be on pay-per-view. Werdum says he’s been “working on his bang” to get ready for The Reem but still plans on taking the bout to the mat, where he’ll use his conditioning and “smartness” to get the victory.

“Now I’m training a lot my bang but it still isn’t good for me to bang with (Overeem),” Werdum tells the mag. “The guy has just won K-1, so I’ll try to go for the ground, even because he was training his bang a lot and he didn’t have enough time to improve his ground game for this fight with me … I’ll catch him again, you can bet on it. I’ll beat him with my game plan and smartness … I wouldn’t like to give Overeem this rematch, I’m just fighting because the event matched this fight. To Fedor I’ll give this rematch happily, because I like him and he deserves this rematch. But first I have to think about how I’ll beat Overeem so that rematch can happen.”

See? Nary a mention of the Strikeforce heavyweight title. To be honest with you, Werdum seems solely focused on getting back in the cage with Fedor to see if he can prove it was no fluke when he ended the Russian’s run as the world’s consensus No.1-ranked heavyweight with a triangle choke last summer. On the topic of that side of the bracket – which appears to include all four of Strikeforce’s top returning heavies – Werdum smells a rat. Or at least a PPV marketing strategy.

“I believe they did it that way so that they can sell many pay-per-view subscriptions on the semifinals and on the finale,” Werdum says. “They’re betting I’ll beat Overeem and that Fedor beats Bigfoot, because they know everybody wants that rematch. So, they want to guarantee a good semifinal so that they sell it out and they’re betting on it. Who doesn’t want to watch a rematch like this one?”

Man, don’t know how much we’d be “guaranteeing” that  Werdum gets through Overeem in the opening round, but whatever. Like us, the jiu jitsu ace sees the opposite side of the tournament playing out according to chalk, with Sergei Kharitonov and Josh Barnett essentially receiving byes into the semis, where you gotta like Barnett to walk into the finals.

“Kharitonov wins (in the semis), because he’ll go for it the entire time,” Werdum says. “Arlovski is good when he’s attacking, but when he’s attacked he backs up and I bet the Russian will beat him. On the bout between Barnett and Rogers I’m 100 percent Barnett because once he put Rogers on the ground, he’ll turn him into a turtle (laughs).”

Yep, it’s all fun and games, unless you happen to be Brett Rogers.


  1. skeletor Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 09:10

    Werdum is delusional. SF clearly set this up so that they could get their Fedor v Overeem and hopefully Fedor v Barnett match ups. The one thing Coker and his lackeys always do is try to set up matches for their draws based on hopeful MMA math. It usually blows up in there faces. It's one thing that them and EXC have in common that will probably be the downfall of the organization. Fortunately I'm just excited for the whole tournament aspect, this is one division where SF actually compares to UFC.
  2. doowm Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 09:27

    Is it just me, or is Werdum a little too confident about beating Overeem?
  3. skeletor Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 09:32

    @doowm for sure and I don't think SF is giving him much of a chance either
  4. Goog Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 09:46

    Werdoomed is gonna end up on the mat, alright. I just wonder if he's considered it'll be face down.
  5. budsellers Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 10:07

    werdum is partially right, but yeah i also think SF wants overeem to win. however, i would have preferred to see fedor vs barnett in a semi and fedor vs overeem or werdum in the final...
  6. rogerw Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 10:31

    Well, he certainly doesn't lack confidence at least.
  7. myklhoey Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 10:34

    if barrnet does fight i think he and fedor are the favorets to win, i jus dont see overeem bein to much of a treat, hes big and powerful but in mma hes jus not that impresive, liddell owned him, shogun desrtoyed him, and tho it was sometime ago, he hasnt had many mma fights, i may be rong it happins but i dont see him makin the finals
  8. Kimbos Bread Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 10:57

    If I were Werdum, I'd use my 'Smartness' to 'Bang' that blonde broad in the back.
  9. Dagnut Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:22

    getting to the ground is the issue
  10. torxxx Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:36

    I'd love to see Werdum win the fight against The Reem but he's gotta remember Reems leg kicks hurt and Reem is 2x as quick as Werdum. If Werdum makes it through the first 5 minutes, he's got a chance
  11. Buff Frank Mir Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:49

    Werdum sounds almost like he thinks he is the headliner? he is completely looking past Reem. Its gonna be just like the Fedor fight except he will be out before he hits the ground!
  12. KDHR3TBC Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:52

    Isn't it possible that Allistar fights his bro for the belt? thats what im betting on.
  13. skeletor Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:56

    @KDHR3TBC It's almost impossible for that to go down, but that's just the kind of shit that would happen to SF
  14. ghostboner Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:01

    I'm curious to know exactly what Werdum has been working on with Duane Ludwig. Also, Arlovski wins via the Rudy factor.
  15. DARKHORSE06 Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:08

    Werdum has a great chance of getting this fight to the ground and dominating Mr. Deca-Duraboline-Human Pituitary Gland Eater. I hate the fac that the Reem makes no effort to even conceal that he is chugging roids. Id feel better if he claimed his balls were the size of half sucked milk duds like Sonnen or Duffee.
  16. Organ Donor Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:25

    Ha! Werdum is delusional, like he was against Fedor! oh wait. Maybe he's the F. Edgar of SF heavies.
  17. Dagnut Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:32 exactly do you see him taking this to the ground? Overeem is not going to and engage him on the ground
  18. ccman Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:39

    Strikeforce gambit. Fedor kills bigfoot or the mob with pitchforks catch him fleeing the castle, either way. Overeem v. Werdum... who cares, you get either vs fedor and both are marketable. Neither makes m-1 happy. fedor vs. Barnett so once again a company can fold due to barnett juicing cuz no way he goes 3 fights clean. Coker can. Retire to the cabbage patch
  19. irish brawler Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 12:42

    hahah kimbos bread..
  20. ghostboner Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 01:15

    Mob with pitchforks. Good one ccman. I better get my torch prepared.
  21. BryanF Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 02:01

    i'd like to cheer on overeem. It'd be an amazing era for him to win back-to-back k-1 and MMA tournaments

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 02:28

    Werdum's head down flail arms technique will get smashed by overeem. he's too powerful and precise with his striking now. overeem hasn't been reaching for punches lately. he's safely tko'ing werdum. i see many standups happening by the ref in that match. i really don't see the reem being scared to jump into his guard either.
  23. Buff Frank Mir Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 03:13

    unless Werdum flops on his back and scoots like a dog wiping his ass, the only time he is on the mat is when Horse Meat puts him there. and he wont be getting up till after they done interviewing The Reem!
  24. Crusader86 Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 03:22

    @skeletor. Damn first post beat me to it. I can't wait to see Overeem fighting Fedor, oh it'll be awesome. But in general it's awesome to see Overeem fight.
  25. BryanF Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 04:24

    ...has anyone commented on the nightmares they've had after noticing the ring girl in the background?
  26. RSparrow Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 05:48

    Oh Snap! I thought those were called wet dreams all these years...
  27. Ballkick Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 08:06

    I use my "smartness" to say Verdoom not win this Alistair hit Verdoom many time in face with knee, Verdoom not get use his "bang"...go sleep. Jesus not Vedoom cornerman. To bad Verdoom.
  28. BryanF Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 08:39

    ...the eyes...there's...nothing behind them
  29. BryanF Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 08:55

    @ballkick you forgot "Jesus bro, every day"
  30. Ballkick Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 09:00

    My bad
  31. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sun, 01/09/11 - 11:00

    “They’re betting I’ll beat Overeem " well they'd be getting good odds, cause I think anyone else is putting their coin on the Reem for this one
  32. MediocreThreat Says:

    Mon, 01/10/11 - 05:36

    He bangs, he bangs.
  33. ccman Says:

    Mon, 01/10/11 - 06:59

    The ring girl looks waaaaay to much like my ex gf which automatically makes her a stupid evil bitch whose way to expensive, thinks sex is some kinda reward not requirement, and is basically a mini dog, lives by my good grace not any evolutionary reason. With a great ass.
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