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Fabricio Werdum Claims Alistair Overeem is “Afraid”

Written by Tom Ngo
September 14th, 2009

If you ask Fabricio Werdum why he thinks Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem  is still on the mend from a bar fight he was involved in, he’ll tell you that “Gummy Berry Juice” is not the answer to everything. Werdum claims that the champ is ducking him and that he’s scared to fight in the U.S.

“Overeem is running from the fight; I am pretty sure about that,” Werdum told MMAWeekly.com. “There is no sense he takes so long to come and fight in America.”

This past May, the champ and his brother were involved in an altercation with security guards at an Amsterdam night club. Alistair ultimately injured his hand and was forced to the sidelines.

His hay-maker should have been heeled a while back, however Overeem was forced to pull out of his “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” title bout against Werdum on August 15th because complications persisted, something that is still digging at the challenger.

“I cannot be 100-percent right about the reason he is taking so long to solve his issues and come to fight, but it seems either that the Gummy Berry Juice he is taking to give him super powers is (causing) him to avoid fighting here in America or he is afraid of having no arms to fight after facing me one more time,” Werdum stated.

Since defeating Paulo Buentello for the open Strikeforce heavyweight crown in November of 2007, Overeem has not set foot on U.S. soil, let alone a Strikeforce cage.

Following that W, he has been perfect through his last four fights overseas, not including his domination of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Dream.6, which resulted in a ‘No Contest’ due to a couple of illegal groin shots administered by Overeem.

Werdum was recently ousted from the UFC following his 1stRound TKO loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 last October. Before that contest, Werdum was thought of as a future contender to the UFC’s heavyweight crown. However, the organization soured on him after the devastating loss.

Strikeforce quickly picked up the talented Brazilian, and he rewarded them with an impressive 1stRound submission of Mike Kyle, who replaced Overeem on the August 15th event.

For now, Werdum is ok with waiting for his shot. However, he wants the champ to know that, although he stakes claim to the title now, it’s only a matter of time before the gold will be around his waist.

“I want to say to him that if (he) comes (to) face me and (he will) lose,” Werdum stated. “I will let him take some pictures with my belt and he will be able to keep good memories from his time as a Strikeforce champion.”

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