“This fight is going to be different than the last time. You’re going to see a way more aggressive Alistair Overeem, and I’ll be looking for the knockout from the first second… I have a lot of motivation, believe me. I’m just happy. I’m just happy this fight is happening. I wanted to fight Fabricio then the tournament came around, for me and excellent opportunity to fight him. I’m motivated, you’re going to see that next week exactly how motivated I am… Of course he’s been training for my weapons, for my arsenal and I believe he’s confident, I’m very confident. It’s going to be very interesting to see how it plays out…Let’s just say I’m ready. I feel ready, I’ve been ready for a couple of weeks now and I’m just very eager to step in the cage and show all the fans what I got.”

— Alistair Overeem talking to MMA Weekly about his upcoming fight against Fabricio Werdum

It feels like ages since Alistair Overeem manhandled Brett Rogers in his first Strikeforce heavyweight title defense last year, so it’s pretty exciting to see him get back in the cage for this tournament. I’m expecting Overeem to crush Werdum on the feet, but Werdum is always a threat to finish his opponent the moment the fight hits the mat. He can submit anyone, Overeem included, but he has to get it to the ground to do so and I’m failing to see how he does that. I don’t see Werdum taking him down and I think Overeem is smart enough at this point to not pull a Fedor and fall into Werdum’s trap. I’m thinking Overeem via KO in round one or two. Anyone taking Werdum?

On a side note, Zuffa officials have decided to make a change to Strikeforce’s draw policy for the HWGP. Instead, of assigning a fourth judge to decide who wins in case of a draw, there will be sudden death fourth round to break a tie.

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