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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. Tatame.com 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.

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ccman- January 10, 2011 at 6:59 am
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.
MediocreThreat- January 10, 2011 at 5:36 am
He bangs, he bangs.
fatbellyfrank- January 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm
“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
Ballkick- January 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm
My bad
BryanF- January 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm
@ballkick
you forgot "Jesus bro, every day"
BryanF- January 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm
...the eyes...there's...nothing behind them
Ballkick- January 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm
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.
RSparrow- January 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm
Oh Snap! I thought those were called wet dreams all these years...
BryanF- January 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm
...has anyone commented on the nightmares they've had after noticing the ring girl in the background?
Crusader86- January 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm
@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.
Buff Frank Mir- January 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm
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!
PERPATRAITOR- January 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm
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.
BryanF- January 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm
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
ghostboner- January 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Mob with pitchforks. Good one ccman. I better get my torch prepared.
irish brawler- January 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm
hahah kimbos bread..
ccman- January 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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
Dagnut- January 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm
@Darhorse...how exactly do you see him taking this to the ground? Overeem is not going to and engage him on the ground
Organ Donor- January 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Ha! Werdum is delusional, like he was against Fedor!

oh wait.

Maybe he's the F. Edgar of SF heavies.
DARKHORSE06- January 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm
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.
ghostboner- January 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm
I'm curious to know exactly what Werdum has been working on with Duane Ludwig.

Also, Arlovski wins via the Rudy factor.
skeletor- January 9, 2011 at 11:56 am
@KDHR3TBC
It's almost impossible for that to go down, but that's just the kind of shit that would happen to SF
KDHR3TBC- January 9, 2011 at 11:52 am
Isn't it possible that Allistar fights his bro for the belt? thats what im betting on.
Buff Frank Mir- January 9, 2011 at 11:49 am
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!
torxxx- January 9, 2011 at 11:36 am
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
Dagnut- January 9, 2011 at 11:22 am
getting to the ground is the issue
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