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Werdum Thinks He Has Fedor’s Number; Says He’s Uninterested in a Rematch with Overeem

(Beating Fedor…uninterested in Ubereem…UFC co-promotion? Do his pupils look dialated?)

Heading into his potentially career defining June 26 battle with Fedor EmelianenkoFabrício Werdum spoke with TATAME’s Eduardo Ferreira about his chances in the fight and his future in the sport beyond.

Werdum says that he thinks he has pinpointed some of Emelianenko’s weaknesses and plans to exploit them.

"I’ve been studying a lot his game, I’ve been watching his fights. In the past people didn’t watch their opponent previous fights, but it’s a thing everyone has been doing, so it’s very important that I do it, because I’m sure he has been watching my fights. It’s difficult for an athlete to change completely his game plan in a year, he basically does the same things, so we already know Fedor has a heavy hand, is strong and fast… I’ll do what I do best and try to make my Jiu-Jitsu work, but I also have to worry about the standing game because the fight begins with the two of us standing, so I have to prepare myself for everything because a good punch on the heavyweight division can determine the winner so I have to worry about this, but so does he. I can’t say much about him, he’s the champion for about eight years, so beating a guy from his level is a huge thing. I don’t know if will be [for a title shot], of course I’d like to become the champion and have the belt, but I’m more concerned about beating Fedor, because it’s more important to me than bringing five belts home."

One interesting tidbit from the interview is that Werdum, who defeated current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem four years ago under the PRIDE banner, says he isn’t really interested in facing the Holland-based fighter again. Instead, he is hoping that Strikeforce may lend him out to the UFC somewhere down the road for a "superfight."

Seriously…He said that.

"[Overeem] has improved a lot and every fight is different. I don’t know if people saw our fight on Pride where, on the first round, he hit me a lot, with punches, knees, kicks, brought me down five times… On the second round, because I was more conditioning I improved and I submit him with a kimura," recalls Werdum. "But I don’t think of fighting against him, I think about maybe fighting against Fedor again or maybe a bout against UFC champion — a super fight, so I could fight against Brock Lesnar… After I win I’ll be even bigger, I’ll be huge (laughs)."

So let me get this straight. He’s contracted to Strikeforce, mentioned he isn’t sure if the winner of the Fedor fight gets a shot at the title but says that he wants to win a belt, yet he says isn’t interested in a fight with Overeem? Couple this statement with the fact that he says already wants another fight with Fedor and I’d say that Fabrício’s confidence is a bit shook and isn’t giving himself as much of a chance of winning as he’s letting on.

If he does win, Werdum says his victory speech will be something along the lines of the following:

 “I’d like everyone to feel exactly how I’m feeling right now, because it’s a wonderful feeling for a fighter to have after training so hard and getting a great result."

I’m pretty sure everyone watching will feel exactly like Werdum if he pulls off a win.

He means shocked and in utter disbelief, right?

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Big Jumpin Dad- June 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm
ill 4chan you one rite away buddy
the glza- June 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm
nicey, you wouldn't be training striking with stankie, would you?
Goat- June 4, 2010 at 4:46 pm
After this interview was conducted, Fabricio shook his head, blinked several times and asked "Where am I?"
nicey2- June 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Go back to 4chan, troll.
Big Jumpin Dad- June 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I bet 100 dollars on Fabricio to win June 26, See you all in hell when im rollin in 522 Washingtons mother truckers
nicey- June 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm
ya'll are too easy
fatbellyfrank- June 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm
@ nicey, you seem pretty fixated with gettin another dudes junk in your face, just go out and do it and get it out of your system. It may enable you to train as a complete MMA fighter once you control this erotic fantasy of yours.
nicey2- June 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

"ive been doing various striking for a long time, but i just cannot get into grappling"

That's why you would get taken down by a wrestler or jiu-jitsu practitioner, and get dominated on the ground.

"why the hell would you want your face all up in another mans junk, and vice versa? what do you do if another doods face is in your donkey kong, and "it" moves? what then??"

You wouldn't want your face there, it would be trapped there. You would most likely be stuck there via triangle. Dumbass.

Three cheers for idiots who think that grappling is inherently homosexual.
BuckWild- June 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Wow things are getting oldtime "happy" around here !
nicey- June 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm
How is it homophobic for ME when ya'll are the sweaty greasy dirty ass ones grabbing each others grundles? Look, I like watching a good match, regardless of whether its standing, rolling, whatever. Thats fine. But to say that if someones dick and sweaty ass balls are literally smashed against your throat, and you are thinking about that, it makes me gay? Sir, I am not the one with dick and balls against another man.
ArmFarmer- June 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm
The fact that the other guy's junk is the only thing on your mind when you think of grappling is pretty gay in and of itself. Those of us that are secure with ourselves just don't think about penis when we roll. I'm sure that's hard to grasp, but it really isn't a concern for the rest of us. As for the hygiene issue.. as long as YOU wash your gear and shower when you get home then you don't have to worry about what the rest of the guys are doing.
sp00ki kabuki- June 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm
nicey, & joe dirt-
if thats what you think about when grappling with another guy then u need to take a long look at yourself. its a competetion. it would be like saying i dont wanna play football because there is a pile of guys layen on each other every other play. chokeing someone to sleep or making them "quit" is so much more gratifing than knocking some one out
nicey- June 4, 2010 at 12:53 pm
lol seriously man. sweaty ass grundle all up in your shit. and i can only guess as to the personal hygiene habits of some of these guys, that smell must be glorious. so yes, i'd tap once that grundlestilksen gets near my grill.
El Guapo- June 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm
Sounds like Fabricio's been chillin with Dan Quinn..

"We already know Fedor's strong and fast but I haven't worked out in weeks and eat like a pig. Tell you like this, mhen...(Mom walks in) Get the f'k out of my room, you hater! Where was I?? Oh yeah, no kicks, no grappling, just hands. Toe to toe. You and me, mhen."
Joedirt- June 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm
nicey... I think if I was rollin with some dude and his junk got to close to my face I'd just tap. No joints getting bent, no choking.... just don't want my face in a garbage hold. To be clear... yes... I would tap to avoid a junk-face lock.
nicey- June 4, 2010 at 12:10 pm
why do most of these fighters shave all their body/chest hair? as if rolling wasnt gay enough, they all gotta wax they chest. ive been doing various striking for a long time, but i just cannot get into grappling, why the hell would you want your face all up in another mans junk, and vice versa? what do you do if another doods face is in your donkey kong, and "it" moves? what then??
cecils_pupils- June 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm
Whoop-dee-doo... everyone has Fedor's number: 867-5309
HotPotato- June 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Poor fellow is suffering from the term known as "Fedorllusion", a common state of mind that affect fighters just before they're about to get their ass kicked by Fedor Emelianenko.
Symptoms include delusion of grandeur, paranoia, and denial.
Swedish- June 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm
WTH. Now the Strikeforce fighters aren't even interested in their own promotion.

I'm smelling doom and gloom for Coker.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm
He gets punched in the head for a living. Cut him a little slack.
ktfo- June 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm
let him rematch dos santos
C-Bus Allstar- June 4, 2010 at 11:57 am
lol. Werdum in a "Superfight".

Oh the utter delusion of fighters..