Werdum tips off Brett Rogers: “Pressure him and Overeem will back down”

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Fabricio Werdum has a bout schedules with Fedor Emelianenko on June 26. However, he’ll be watching this Saturday’s Strikeforce closely.

“I’ll be there because I have to do some promotional shoots for the event. I’m going to watch it live,” he told GRACIEMAG.com.

Werdum in photo by Esther Lin

In the evening’s main event, Alistair Overeem, who lost to Werdum in the past, will face Brett Rogers for the heavyweight belt. The Southern Brazilian swapped notes with Rogers, who has faced Fedor, and places his bet for the matchup.

“At the last Strikeforce I went to, when King Mo fought, I ran into Brett. He knew I’d faced Overeem before and asked if he’s strong. I told him he is, but he’s the kind of guy who backs down, if you go at him with all you’ve got. He thanked me and then told me what he thought of Fedor. He said he’s not that strong. But damn, that Brett is a monster! He lifts over 140 kg. Fedor must not be strong to him! (Laughs)

“I think he’ll beat Overeem because Brett has a really heavy hand. And Overeem, when things get rough for him, he gets scared. He talks too much and, even though I think he really is good, I don’t like him much. Just because a guy’s good in the dojo doesn’t mean he has to be arrogant out of it, being full of himself and even denying fans autographs. I don’t think that’s cool. To me he’s a prick!” he adds, laughing.

Regarding the Brazilians in action on the upcoming card, Werdum hides not his patriotism.

“I have 100% faith Jacaré, Roger Gracie and Pezão will win,” he said in finishing.

Check out the card:

St. Louis, Missouri
May 15, 2010

Alistair Overeem vs Brett Rogers
Andrei Arlovski vs Antonio Silva
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs Joey Villasenor
Roger Gracie vs Kevin Randleman
Antwain Britt vs Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante
Justin DeMoney vs Jesse Finney
Lyle Beerbohm vs Vitor Ribeiro
Lee Brousseau vs Fransisco France
Mike Chandler vs Sal Woods

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