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Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum ready for return

After traveling around the world and conducting seminars it seems Strikeforce contender Fabricio Werdum is ready for his return to the cage after being sidelined as the result of elbow surgery. However, just because the the Brazilian heavyweight is healthy does not mean he is planning on returning to Strikeforce just yet.

Werdum has used his travels as a way to remain active while in recovery, as he recently explained in a conversation with Sherdog.

On the topic, the Brazilian said, “I used this trip to make a couple of good contacts in Abu Dhabi and Japan. Strikeforce wants me to return in March against Fedor (Emelianenko) or (Alistair) Overeem, but I’m looking forward to having a fight before that one. I don’t have an exclusive contract with Strikeforce – only for the U.S. – and I got a nice proposal in Abu Dhabi and another one in Japan.”

With Werdum expressing interest in fighting oversees in February a return stateside for a March match up is highly unlikely and could push his Strikeforce return to the middle or end of 2011.

So this question remains for the Strikeforce faithful: Which heavyweight bout will we get to see in the coming New Year? With Strikeforce champ Overeem tied up in K-1 and Emelianenko/M-1 Global’s ongoing contract negotiations, Werdum just added a new dimension to the complexity that is the Strikeforce heavyweight divisions’ future.

Werdum is 14-4-1 overall and the only fighter legitimately beat heavyweight icon Emelianenko. He also holds notable wins in his career over Gabriel Gonzaga, Brandon Vera, Antonio Silva, and the afore-mentioned Overeem.


  • JabCrossHook says:

    psh you better fight fedor so we can watch you get KTFO

  • MCM says:

    Screw that. He’d better fight Overreem so SF’s HW division will finally make some sense.
    For all those fans that complain about exclusive contracts, this is a great example of why they work.

  • MickeyC says:

    I agree 100%. Strikeforce needs to get a better grip on its fighters. We see some fighting more outside their company than in it.

  • boomnutz says:

    yea SF is garbage…they have 1 relevant fighter who actually fights on a regular basis… NICK DIAZ if it wasn’t for him they’d be garbage, i hope the UFC brings him back…

  • Sykotick says:

    I agree with you 100 AND 10%, people constantly bitch about a certain company having exclusive contracts yet when that company’s fighters fight for a #1 contenders fight, their next fight is (noramlly) IN company AND for the title.

    Now how is it going to look for strikeforce if after beating Fedor, FOR THE RIGHT TO FACE OVEREEM FOR THE BELT.. Werdum goes to Japan or wherever and fights, Mr worlds strongest man Pudzianowski (don’t know how to spell that) and loses… Not likely but for arguments sake, so now we have a #1 contender coming off a loss, then we have a Rodgers v Overeem for the belt type situation.

    Worse yet, what if Overeem goes out, fights, and loses, then we have a situation where the champ is coming off a loss but is still the champ, doesn’t that seem kind of WWE-ish?

    While exclusive contracts limit the ammount of fights you can have in a year, they keep championships honest and make sure they make sense. On top of that they make sure #1 contenders stay honest and it makes sure them fighting for a title makes sense too, however, just my opinion

  • Sykotick says:

    And NO! If I were Werdum and I was told I had to rematch with Fedor, I’d tell strikeforce AND Fedor to kiss my ass, I won the fight with Fedor and that was to find out who was going to Fight Overeem, and I wouldn’t take anything less then the title fight


    Another diva is born in the SF HW division

  • Rece Rock says:

    SF loses relevancy in a daily basis

  • JabCrossHook says:

    So what’s your point? Doesn’t matter who Fedor fights next, if he starts winning then its only a matter of time he’ll face Werdum again.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Oh yes look at all the other big sports where top fighters CAN NOT COMPETE. Oh … wait a minute MMA is the only one in the entire world. It would be a lot better though if Nadal couldn’t face Federer or if there was 2 or 3 olympics and they never shared athletes, yeah that would be better, No wait it would the best ever if the IBO, IBF, WBO, WEF, HND, FBTYJDVCSKI and HJYTRFDBF boxing champions never ever fought each other. They just kept adding new acronyms and new champions that never fought.
    Sure it would be great if it was never possible for Valasquez to fight Fedor, Overeem, Barnett, Werdum or the like … hang on no that fucking sux.
    Next time any of you wonder if Fedor would beat bla bla or if Diaz would do well against GSP or if Melendez could beat Alverez, just remember exclusive contracts are just great, ZUFFA thinks so..
    Of all the co-pro like Fedor vs Werdum, Aoki vs Hirota, Diaz vs Zaranomskis … that Dream WW dude, all have succeeded and there has been no problem.
    Before you judge whether this is a bad thing wait to see who he fights. I don’t care if it is in SF, why do you? if he was to fight Overeem of Fedor in Japan it is just as good, is it not? what would be fantastic is if he fought Valasquez oh no he can’t maybe Lesnar? no no he can’t what about Mir? no good either how about Carwin no no he CAN’T, Nelson CAN’T, Struve CAN’T, Randy CAN’T, rematch Dos Santos CAN’t CAN’T CAN’T!.
    But at least UFC fighters fight UFC fighters. I just wish that Sylvia and Arlovski stayed in the UFC and were never allowed to fight Fedor because that would have been better right? just like Randy was stopped from fighting Fedor, that is much better, I mean who would want to see the No.1 and no.2 at the time fighting?.
    Exclusive contracts will not last in MMA, they are unsustainable. All of you that want MMA to grow should know by looking at boxing etc that the bigger the sport of MMA the less exclusive contracts there will be. Just ask Floyd Mayweather to sign an exclusive contract and see what he says.
    Exclusive contracts rob fighters and fans of opportunity and fights whilst giving a company such as ZUFFA a monopoly. Freedom of choice IS important and exclusive contracts take that from the individual AND the fan.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    The end bit is a bit wanky but nonetheless.
    Exclusive contracts = dozens and dozens of fights that will never happen.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Shitty promotions that don’t conduct good business = Good Fighters tied up in bad contracts with no fights.

    The reason these HW upper tier fighters SF has on their roster aren’t fighting in the states or in SF has nothing to do with Zuffa or Bellator it has to do with SF having minimal cards and minimal challengers…

    Honestly if any of you were working a contract gig where you were able to accept other contracts outside of where you worked for a bigger payday and less headaches but still have your original job to go back to when you returned I think it’s a no brainer… non exclusive contracts do nothing to build a promotion, but make the fighter that SF truly can’t afford happy enough to fight for them on occasion…

    SF is there own worst enemy.

  • Dufresne says:

    Before you judge whether this is a bad thing wait to see who he fights.

    I’m with you here…

    Exclusive contracts will not last in MMA, they are unsustainable. All of you that want MMA to grow should know by looking at boxing etc that the bigger the sport of MMA the less exclusive contracts there will be.

    …. but not so much here.

    When I look around at major sports in the world, almost every one have exclusive contracts as the main type of contract. Athletes in MLB, the NBA, the NFL, Formula 1, NASCAR, MLS, and so on are almost all in exclusive contracts. Baseball teams and players in MLB can’t play against teams and players in the NPB (Japan’s professional baseball) or the CBA (China’s), and yet all three leagues seem to be doing just fine.

    What I envision (hope) for MMA is that the UFC keeps growing, spreading, and mainstreaming the sport while one or several smaller promotions build themselves up, merge together, and eventually combine with the UFC giving us one large, unified MMA organization. In much the same fashion that NBL started pro basketball in the US and the BAA rose up as a rival before they merged to form the vastly more successful NBA. I know it won’t be quite the same as MMA is an individual sport compared to a team sport, but I can hope :)

  • Sykotick says:

    MMA Logic

    I get what you’re saying but exclusive co contracts make sure that fighters who are in title hunts or are holding titles stay honest, example…
    Is Fedor still the WAMMA champion? If so how does it look for the sport as a whole if he defends it in his next fight and he’s coming off a loss? Wouldn’t that in turn make him a paper champion? Now that’s just one situation that exclusive contracts help avoid

  • Niv says:

    Dufresne I have to disagree with your examples of the NHL, NBA, NFL, etc, etc, as good examples of exclusive contracts.

    1st of all, the above mentioned are all leagues, essentially a collection of individually owned teams playing in one league, and the only example that bucked that trend was the now defunct XFL which Vince McMahon owned outright.

    Maybe the solution to everyone’s problem lies somewhere in that structure. To develop an MMA league and the individual owners UFC, SF, Bellator, Dream, etc, etc, all agree to fight tournaments against each others stable of fighters.

    Fights can still take place within their own organization to determine each champion, but who knows, the end here is that co-promotion in some form is going to be the future of this sport. One owner, one manager and promoter only opens things up to greater chances of corruption and fight fixing. All you need is just the hint of a fix and people will think about the Don King’s of this world. That model cannot sustain itself indefinitely without fans losing interest, or believing they are being given the best fights possible.

  • boomnutz says:

    lol Niv…IFC tried that, basically, didn’t really work. But i gotta agree with my dude Duff, I hate when people bash on the UFC, because they’re the only hope…Take boxing for example, you have the WBA champ, the WBO champ, the HBO champ and whatever else and no one will fight each other, but we got Dana, and Dana makes people fight…love him or hate him he deserves to be enshrined by all fighters and fans, because he introduced MMA to the mainstream, his fighters get paid the most, they get sponsored the most, they have reliable fight schedules reliable paydays etc. etc. Eventually i’m sure they’ll be a fighters union to take care of fighters post career and to

  • boomnutz says:

    make sure none of them are taken advantage of…the other organizations can serve as regional circuits or farm leagues…but its clear their needs to be one reigning governance…and that is the UFC

  • Niv says:

    Hey Boomnutz sorry to respond so late but the IFC concept was different than what I stated above. It may have had the team concept, but I’m talking about all the promotions banding together and hashing things out from time to time.

    There has to be some way that we can get past the one promoter, manager, matchmaker etc, problem, otherwise the sport will suffer at some point as it gets bigger.

    Going back to my original post you cannot at this point compare the NFL, NHL or other leagues to MMA organizations.


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