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Antonio Silva: To get to Fedor, Fabricio Werdum must be eliminated



"Werdum is a good fighter, very experienced, cautious with good jiu-jitsu. He is famed among Strikeforce heavyweights and I want to be between the best ones to get the chance to fight Fedor, so I have to look for a knockout or a submission victory over him. I have improved my stand-up game in the past two years. I’m more confident, moving better, kicking and punching harder. I’m ready for any circumstance that may come up because my ground game is also very sharpened. It's a fight and anything can happen, but I don’t see Rogers knocking out or submitting Fedor, despite his heavy hands. If you observe, he goes towards the opponent with his guard opened and Fedor hits very well in the short distance. I will be rooting for Fedor to keep winning."

Former Elite XC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva (13-1) heads back to the United States to challenge Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum at the Nov. 7 "Fedor vs. Rogers" event from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. "Junior" has been dabbling in the Japanese MMA scene while waiting out a steroid suspension by the CSAC -- based on a test result that to this day, he still disputes. Now that he's satisfied his term and can once again fight stateside, will he have the goods to get past "Vai Cavalo" and challenge the winner of Emelianenko vs. Rogers?

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