Fabricio Werdum has been a busy man since beating Fedor Emelianenko last June. The upset specialist has not only been rehabbing his surgically repaired elbow, but he’s also immersed himself in fight footage as Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix approaches.
However, Werdum isn’t occupying his time by scouting Alistair Overeem, his quarterfinal opponent. Instead, the Brazilian and his DVR have become BFFs during their approximate 1,150 minutes together. Although it took Werdum only of 69 seconds to hand Emelianenko his first loss in nearly a decade, he can’t seem to get enough of his own highlight video.
“No joking, maybe 1,000 times. No joke. I watch it all the time at home,” Werdum admitted during Wednesday’s press conference. “I [also] watch it on the Internet. I like it. It’s good for me. I’m not joking.
“Really, 1,000 times. Maybe more.”
Emelianenko was a significant 6-to-1 favorite to dispose of Werdum last Summer, and the Brazilian will be checking in as a 2-to-1 underdog against Overeem. While having the odds stacked against him has become par for the course, the 33-year-old can’t wait to see if he’ll continue to receive some long shot lovin’.
“The best heavyweights in the world are in Strikeforce and it’s great they are doing a tournament to settle who the No. 1 heavyweight in the world is,” Werdum stated. “I’m looking forward to fighting Overeem. He won three belts last year. I may not be the favorite, but I feel I should be one of the favorites to win it.’’
Strikeforce kicks off the first half of their eight-man tournament this Saturday when “Fedor vs. Silva” jumps off in New Jersey. Werdum and Overeem will collide when the tournament resumes on April 9th.