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Strikeforce 'Overeem vs Werdum' fight card: Alistair Overeem's huge opportunity to prove doubters wrong starts tonight with Fabricio Werdum

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Tonight is the night.

It's time to see, without question, whether or not Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem is indeed among the very best mixed martial arts has to to offer. "Demolition Man" is the crown jewel of Strikeforce's heavyweight tournament grand prix, which continues tonight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

It will air on the Showtime premium cable channel, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

And make no mistake, all eyes and ears will be turned toward the 6'5," 260-pound Dutch mountain of muscle when he takes on Fabricio Werdum in the main event of the evening. Not only is it Overeem's coming out party, but it's also an opportunity for him to avenge a loss to the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist that dates back to 2006.

Those might as well be dog years as far as Overeem is concerned -- he's since won the prestigious K-1 World Grand Prix kickboxing tournament in 2010 and strung together nine MMA wins, as well as added about "38 pounds of whoop ass" to his frame.

Nonetheless, he still needs to prove that he belongs to be included in conversations about the big cats. That's because there is a rather large collection of skeptical doubters who argue that Overeem has yet to establish himself as among the best the sport has to offer.

He can change that tonight with a win over "Vai Cavalo."

Overeem hasn't exactly tore through the best in the business during his current win streak. Opponents such as James Thompson, Tony Sylvester,  Gary Goodridge and Tae Hyun Lee, among others, don't necessarily strike fear in the hearts of men.

There is certainly a case to be made that Overeem hasn't been truly tested by top-flight MMA competition in recent years. However, he seems to be the victim of circumstance rather than hand-picking cans to pad his resume.

Up until two years ago, Strikeforce's heavyweight cupboard was barren. That all changed when Fedor Emelianenko decided to hop on board. Shortly thereafter, Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Sergei Kharitonov and a host off other talented fighters followed suit.

While Overeem was busy on the K-1 and Japanesse MMA circuits overseas, Strikeforce was patiently building its roster stateside. It seems as though good things really do come to those who wait.

The table has been set for Overeem. It's quite the spread. Now he just has to show up and eat the competition.

If he's capable.