After undergoing surgery on his elbow in the wake of his June upset of Fedor Emelianenko, heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum says he’s 100 percent healthy, but hopes for a tune-up fight in Abu Dhabi or Japan early next year before returning to Strikeforce to rematch Fedor or face champ Alistair Overeem.
“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,” Werdum told Sherdog. “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.
“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.”