On November 7th, Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Fabricio Werdum acquired a majority decision victory over Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva. On that same fight card, Fedor Emelianenko knocked out Brett Rogers as part of the main event. During the post-fight press conference, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker indicated that a bout between Werdum and Fedor would most likely take place next.
From Scott Coker during the Nov. 7th Strikeforce ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’ post-fight presser :
“We talked about earlier the winners fighting each other…That’s definitely something we should talk about soon…All the options are going to be open at this point, but I do think that fight makes a lot of sense…Obviously, they’ll [M-1 Global officials] have to sit down and talk to Fedor, and we’ll take it from there. But we’d definitely like to do it. It’d be a great match-up.”
However in a recent interview with tatame.com, Werdum mentions that he may be called in by Strikeforce to face Andrei Arlovski in a rematch fight. The first time they met, it was Arlovski who took home the win over Werdum via a unanimous decision at UFC 70. Things may be a little bit different now and we know for sure that Werdum is thirsty for revenge against the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Werdum is now currently riding on back to back wins, which will give him enough confidence to come in strong against any opponent, whether it be Arlovski, Fedor or any other fighter they place in front of him come fight night.
From Fabricio Werdum:
“I must fight in February or March, and I imagine that it could be against (Andrei) Arlovski. I lost to him by 2-1, it was an ugly fight, nobody liked, but I never choose opponents, I can fight anyone, but then I wanna fight Fedor.”