After quickly disposing of MMA’s baddest heavyweight in 69 OMG seconds, Fabricio Werdum’s confidence level has reached an all-time high. The veteran will need plenty of that fortitude, along with some more long shot lovin’ in order to get past Alistair Overeem in the opening round of Strikeforce’s Grand Prix.
Although Werdum owns a 2006 submission win over the Dutchman, he’ll be a significant 2-to-1 underdog entering their rematch. The unfavorable odds don’t really faze the Brazilian, as he was a whopping 4-to-1 ‘dog when he made Fedor Emelianenko tap to a triangle-armbar submission.
“No problem. I’m confident,” Werdum matter-of-factly told MMAFighting. “The last time I got the left [with a kimura], this time the right arm.”
If Werdum’s in the business of collecting limbs, he’ll get the chance to complete his Fedor set by advancing to the semifinals of the tournament – assuming the Russian gets past Antonio Silva in his 1stRound matchup, of course.
Following his dramatic victory in June, Werdum underwent elbow surgery to fix a lingering problem. Although the timing wasn’t ideal, he’ll be pain-free for the first time when stands opposite ‘Ubereem.’
“All the time I [would] say, ‘After the [next] fight, maybe I’ll go to surgery.’ But this fight was a good moment. It was a special fight,” he said of his procedure.
Overeem and Werdum are expected to have their quarterfinals meeting in April.