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Fabricio Werdum Plans To Fight Overseas Next, Not For Strikeforce

If you thought Fabricio Werdum was going to jump right back into a Strikeforce cage as soon as his arm was healed, you thought wrong. Werdum has spent the last month traveling around the world putting on seminars, and apparently got a couple offers from promoters in Abu Dhabi and Japan. Since his Strikeforce contract is only exclusive in the US, he has the freedom to fight overseas and plans on taking advantage of it.

“I used this trip to make a couple of good contacts in Abu Dhabi and Japan. Strikeforce want me to return in March against Fedor [Emelianenko] or [Alistair] Overeem, but I’m looking forward to having a fight before that one. I don’t have an exclusive contract with Strikeforce, only for the U.S., and I got a nice proposal in Abu Dhabi and another one in Japan,” explained Werdum, who plans to begin working out with trainer Rafael Cordeiro this week.

“I’ve got my last professional commitment in New York. By next week, I’ll be back helping ‘Babalu’ and Fernando Bettega who will fight for Strikeforce on Dec. 4. My arm is 100 percent now and I feel that by February, I’ll be ready to fight in Abu Dhabi or Japan.”

So if booking Alistair Overeem and Fedor Emelianenko wasn’t hard enough, it’s looking like Strikeforce is gonna have a difficult time getting Fabricio Werdum back in the cage as well. Awesome.

Co-promoting and non-exclusive contracts are a dream in theory, but a nightmare in practice. Strikeforce has essentially been a case study in what can and will go wrong when you try to be the nice guy in the fight game. People will walk all over you if let them.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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