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Strikeforce: With Fedor 'out of the picture,' Alistair Overeem has a score to settle with Fabricio Werdum




"A loss is always a possibility, but naturally, I thought Fedor would beat him. It’s about what the people want to see, what the organization wants and what I want. That all pointed to Fedor, but he declined to fight me last month in the May 15 show and he’d rather fight Werdum. Now he lost to him. It’s changed everything. Fedor’s a little bit out of the picture. He has one more fight on his (Strikeforce) contract and I don’t know against who he’ll fight. He might retire after that anyway. He might retire now. He’s the X-factor. (Werdum) looked sharp, so all I can say is congratulations to him. I have a score to settle. I want to fight him."

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem sets his sights on Fabricio Werdum, the new number one contender for the division championship after he submitted top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko on June 26 in San Jose. "Vai Cavalo" submitted "Demolition Man" via Kimura under the PRIDE banner back in 2006. The champ wants to avenge that loss and establish himself as the promotion's top dog. Does a win over the Brazilian accomplish that goal? Or is Fedor, Overeem's "X-Factor," still a relevant contender?

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