Not having fought since November, Antonio Pezão should return to cage in April, at Strikeforce. His opponent is likely to be heavyweight Brett Rogers, who recently lost his unbeaten record to Fedor Emelianenko, or former UFC fighter Andrei Arlovski.
“I expect confirmation for April, the next Strikeforce. I have two opponents in sight, probably Brett Rogers or Andrei Arlovski. There’s nothing confirmed for either of the two, but the date is set. Meanwhile, I continue training at ATT and despite the uncertainty, the advantage is that they are both strikers. So I can prepare for this type of fight, regardless of who it is. Not much changes as far as strategy goes,” Pezão told GRACIEMAG.com while watching the fights at Bitetti Combat in Brasilia.
The fighter also maintains contract with the Japanese Sengoku organization, which offered him a great fight.
“They called me to fight on March 22, but that would be really cutting it close. It would be against Josh Barnett and left it up in the air. The focus remains on April, at Strikeforce, which is likely to go down,” he reaffirms.
Recently, Fedor Emelianenko’s managers confirmed the fighting between the Russian and Fabricio Werdum, the last fighter to beat Pezão .
“Tho one to win the fight between me and him (Werdum) would face Fedor. The event came up with that. I really feel it should be Werdum and hope it goes well. I’m rooting for him since he’s Brazilian like me, since he’ll carry our flag and I hope he wins it,” he said, giving his former opponent a pointer:
“I think he should avoid standing too long, or else he’ll take a fall,” he concludes.