Alistair Overeem will finally defend his Strikeforce heavyweight title on August 15, but it won’t be against Brett Rogers. Instead, Fabricio Werdum will challenge him for the belt. Fanhouse has the scoop.
Alistair Overeem will finally defend his Strikeforce heavyweight title on August 15 against former PRIDE and UFC veteran, Fabricio Werdum. Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news with FanHouse Monday.
For those who are relatively new to MMA, this fight will actually be a rematch. Overeem and Werdum met in May 2006 at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute. Werdum submitted Overeem in the second round with a kimura. However, that was before Alistair really packed on the pounds and hit his stride in the heavyweight division. I wouldn’t necessarily expect the same outcome.
As for Brett Rogers, no word yet on why he didn’t the title shot as previously rumored.
In other August booking news, it looks like Takanori Gomi finally found a US home in Affliction. He’s been added to the “Trilogy” card in a lightweight bout against Rafaello Oliveira. Don’t feel bad if don’t know who he is. Neither do I, nor do I know who his first two professional opponents were, Big Big and Fabio Fabio (seriously), but with names like that, how tough could they have been? Anyways, point being, Oliveira, whether he’s awful or becomes a world champion one day, isn’t the type of opponent that’s going to get anyone excited about Gomi’s Affliction debut.