The UFC is hosting a conference call today at 2 p.m. ET to promote next week's Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event. Scheduled to appear on the call are titular fighters Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce heavyweight champion) and Fabricio Werdum, who will be joined by Gina Carano and her opponent, Sarah D'Alelio.
Follow Mike Fagan on Twitter for live updates, and check back here after the call for a full recap of the proceedings.
Overeem and Werdum will complete the first round of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix, which kicked off all the way back in February. Carano hasn't competed in a mixed martial arts bout in over 22 months, losing by TKO to Cris "Cyborg" Santos for the vacant Strikeforce female 145-lb. title.
-Gina Carano's medical clearance was revoked by doctor.
-Masvidal vs. Noons takes Showtime spot left open by Gina's departure.
-No determination on Sarah's spot on the card. Look to have news by the end of the day.
-Josh is going to be fine, and he'll be fighting in Texas on the 18th.
-We'll be reaching out to HDNet about replacing the fight on HDNet.
-Since the Werdum loss, I've focused on myself. Worked on plan, backup plan, and backup backup plan for opponents.
-I like the challenges that lie in front of me. I never complain about a fight. I love to fight.
-I was ready three weeks ago.
- I like the idea of a ring, but I figure the cage is more safe. You can't fall out of it.
-Every professional fighter needs to take his environment into consideration and train in a cage.
-I do feel the Grand Prix is an opportunity to introduce myself to fans in the U.S., the world as the no. 1 heavyweight.
-I see the American market as the future. The Japanese market has some problems. The U.S. is the dominant place for MMA.
-This fight is going to be different. You're going to see a way more aggressive Overeem.
-Nothing's changed for me with Zuffa buyout. I heard about GSP/Diaz fight, but that fight has no relevance to my situation.
-If I win the tournament, I want to fight the UFC champ, Cain Velasquez.
-I'm looking for a Junior Cigano win so I can fight him. (I think, it's hard to hear Werdum with his accent/no translator.)
-June is my month (inaudible). I'm excited for this fight.
-In 2006, I was just about jiu-jitsu. Now I train in other discipline. I'm excited about this fight, guys.
-I haven't fought in a year. I like to fight four times in a year. I have a big surprise for everybody.
SBN coverage of Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
Heavyweight: Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers
Women's 145-lb.: Gina Carano vs. Sarah D'Alelio
Heavyweight: Daniel Cormier vs. Jeff Monson
Heavyweight: Valentijn Overeem vs. Chad Griggs
Lightweight: K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Masvidal
Lightweight: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Wilcox
Lightweight: Conor Heun vs. Magno Almeida