Fabricio Werdum continues to prepare for his third scrap with Alistair Overeem, and “Vai Cavalho” has let it be known he doesn’t think the heavyweight can take punishment very well at this stage of the game.
Werdum and Overeem will battle at UFC 213, which will take place on July 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two fought for the first time way back in 2006, for PRIDE, and Werdum won that bout via submission. Then, at a 2011 Strikeforce event, Overeem took the rematch via decision.
Well, a lot has changed since Werdum and Overeem fought before, including the skills of each man. But, while talking to Combate recently, Werdum had this to say about Overeem’s chin (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“There’s practically just one month to go before the fight. I’m well prepared. I feel really good. As usual, I’ve been training with master Rafael Cordeiro at Kings MMA. It’s hard to ask a fighter, so close to a fight, how he feels and hear him say he feels just okay. It’s normal for us to feel good, and true. It’s my third fight against Overeem, it’s going to be close. I surely will have to be focused so I don’t make any mistakes.
“We know Overeem doesn’t have that good of a chin now, so I’ll focus on it. Sometimes you’ll throw a kick or a punch and wherever it lands, that’s it. So I’ll really focus on his chin, now. I know he’ll go down.”
Now, Werdum isn’t the only person to argue that Overeem can’t take punishment like he used to. After all, we’re talking about a guy who’s had over 70 pro MMA and kickboxing bouts, and is 37 year’s old.
But that doesn’t mean, of course, that Overeem isn’t still extremely dangerous. Case in point, he knocked out Mark Hunt in his last bout, who, as we all know, hits like a truck.