Alistair Overeem to face Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce Heavyweight TournamentPosted on January 4, 2011, 03:57 PM by Anton Gurevich
According to report on MMA Fighting, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem will square off against Fabricio Werdum, as part of promotion's Heavyweight Tournament. Overeem expressed his interest numerous times to fight Werdum, who defeated Fedor Emelianenko via a Triangle/Armbar submission last June.
MMA Fighting also give an outline of other tournament bouts:
The first two quarterfinal bouts will take place on Feb. 12, with Fedor Emelianenko taking on Antonio Silva, while Sergei Kharitonov will face Andrei Arlovski. Earlier Tuesday, MMA Fighting reported Emelianenko's contract extension with Strikeforce, paving the way for his entrance into the field.
The other two quarterfinal bouts include Josh Barnett facing Brett Rogers and Alistair Overeem taking on Fabricio Werdum, the last man to beat Emelianenko.
Alistair Overeem defended his Strikeforce title last year against Brett Rogers, and won two other titles, K-1 World Grand Prix and DREAM Heavyweight title. "The Reem" is currently 34-11 in his MMA campaign, finishing all of his fights since 2007. As for Fabricio Werdum, Vai Cavalo already defeated Overeem four years ago, back in PRIDE. Werdum fully recovered from a recent elbow surgery, but will be fight-fit only in March.
So who will win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament? Vote in the Poll below.
- 1. Josh Barnett
- 2. Fabricio Werdum
- 3. Andrei Arlovski
- 4. Alistair Overeem
- 5. Fedor Emelianenko
- 6. Sergei Kharitonov
- 7. Brett Rogers
- 8. Antonio Silva