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Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum Media Conference Call Updates

Alistair Overeem, Gina Carano, Fabricio Werdum and others will be on today's Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum media conference call.

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AUDIO: Scott Coker Talks Gina Carano Medical Issues, Overeem Vs. Werdum Media Call

Above is the audio for today's media call for Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum. I've already covered what was said in the previous update to this StoryStream, so now you can hear it for yourself. Strikeforce President Scott Coker breaks the news that Gina Carano won't be participating at the event because she failed to achieve medical clearance. He then reads a brief statement from here regarding her disappointment.

Then the call itself begins. My sense is that both Overeem and Werdum seem as ready as one can surmise over the phone, but more so Overeem. The Dutchman is very mild and pleasantly political with his descriptions. His description of this event, of what it means and what it can do for him indicate, to me anyway, a clear sense of long-term purpose. It isn't merely that Overeem is excited, although there is that. It's that he recognizes this is the part of the path he has to take and dominate to make good on the hype and notoriety he achieved as a top heavyweight in 2010.

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Gina Carano Not Medically Cleared: Notes From Overeem Vs. Werdum Conference Call

According to Strikeforce President Scott Coker, popular female mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano has not been medically cleared to fight. According to Carano, "I'm seriously disappointed to not be fighting on June 18." The nature of what has caused her inability to get a clearance is not known. As for her opponent, Sarah D'Alelio, Coker said he'd know by the end of the day if he found a replacement for her to fight.

Moving up to take that fight's previous spot on the Showtime broadcast is K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal. Coker said he would be in touch with HDNet, who is televising live the preliminary portion of the card, to discuss possibilities to augment the under card given the loss of the aforementioned Masvidal vs. Noons bout.

As for other comments made during the call, my notes are below.

Scott Coker:

- K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal gets the Showtime slot. Depending on outcome, there are title implications to this. JZ vs. Wilcox have title implications as well.

- No word on whether or not Julie Kedzie will be on this card after Amanda Nunes pulled out of the fight.

- No issue with Josh Barnett and his licensing.

- No further information on Carano's medical condition.

- Will add another under card fight on the HDNet broadcast to make up for the loss of Masvidal vs. Noons.

- Sometime in early fall, will have announcement in early fall for the next round of the grand prix. If the tourney carries over into 2012, that will be sufficient.

 

Alistair Overeem:

- I just focus on myself when I make training schedule and plan. We've become more professional, me and my team. I don't worry about how other people are training.

-I do and don't think about previous loss to Werdum. But I feel so happy about this fight now. It's a great opportunity for me. I'm motivated.

- I didn't care about how the tournament was stacked. I never complain about a fight. It's what I do for a living. I'm ready to go.

- I like the idea of a ring, but the cage is safer. The cage is a fact of MMA and everyone who is a pro needs to use the cage.

- I'm will use this fight to prove I'm number one heavyweight in the world.

- America is the future of MMA and I want to make an impact in this market.

- I'll be looking for the knockout from the very first second.

- Many fans would love to see my face UFC champion Cain Velasquez if I win this fight or this tournament.

- It would be awesome to fight again Japan, but I like fighting in the States, too.

 

Fabricio Werdum:

- I want Junior dos Santos to win at UFC 131. I want to fight him again.

- I will in the first round this time again Overeem, too. June is my month.

- The winner of the tournament will be able to say I'm number one.

- For me it's the same, cage or ring. I like the cage better because they don't stop the fight and re-start it.

- I'm ready to fight. It's been a long time, almost a year since I fought last. Ready to get back to competition.

- If I win this grand prix I want to be the champ of UFC, too.

- Overeem is very good standing, I'm very good on the ground.

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Strikeforce: Overeem Vs. Werdum Media Conference Call Updates

Join SB Nation MMA at 2 p.m. ET as we bring live updates and eventual audio for today's conference call promoting Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. Slated to be on the call are headliners Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce heavyweight champion) and Fabricio Werdum. Female MMA superstar Gina Carano as well as her opponent Sarah D'Alelio will also be on the call.

This event will mark the completion of the quarterfinal bracket of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix. It also marks the return of Carano since her loss to Cristiane Santos in August of 2009.

For more, follow Luke Thomas on Twitter: @MMANation.

The full fight card for this event is as follows:

Showtime card:

Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers
Gina Carano vs. Sarah D'Alelio 
Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson
Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs

HDNet prelims:

K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox
Conor Heun vs. Magno Almeida

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