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Fabricio Werdum eyes December return to the ring

Coming off a disappointing loss to Alistair Overeem last June, Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1) will likely be returning to action in December. Whether his next bout will take place in the Strikeforce cage or UFC Octagon however, remains unclear.

The highly decorated grappler, who finished second in the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, is bidding to rebound from a lackluster performance against Overeem in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix; a bout the Brazilian views as a learning experience.

“I still have some fights under my Strikeforce contract and I don’t know yet if my fight in December will be for them or for UFC,” Werdum told Sherdog. “What I can say is that I learned a lot after the Overeem fight and I saw some things I needed to fix. I had a lot of strength and brutal power training, and I’m feeling much stronger. I’m sure I’ll have a great victory and I’ll dominate in 2012.”

“Vai Cavalo” has competed in the biggest MMA promotions in the world, enjoying stints in PRIDE, the UFC and Strikeforce, where he handed the legendary Fedor Emelianenko his first legitimate defeat.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    His striking looked much better for sure but everything else about his fight with Overeem sucked. Hopefullt he will have more faith in his striking and really showcase the fact the he is more than just a Jiu Jitsu guy.

  • TerribleT says:

    Return to the ” RING ” ? Is he boxing now or what? Just jokin’ of course,it’s just been a long time since I’ve heard anybody under contact with Zuffa as fighting in a ring rather than the cage or octagon

  • Rece Rock says:

    His stock rose when he beat fedor but it leveled out with the lost to Reem.. He’s probably gonna need a win or 2 in SF before stepping into the octagon, UFC is more likely to take The winner & loser of the GP over first. whether they like him or not i’m sure they have Barnett in mind for Japan…shit with DC broken hand maybe they will just have that fight on the japan card, that would be pretty cool.


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