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Fabricio Werdum joins Strikeforce heavyweight roster

Former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1) has resurfaced with the Strikeforce organization.

Strikeforce Scott Coker confirmed the signing on Sunday in an interview with Michael David Smith of FanHouse.

Werdum's last fight was a loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90 in October 2008 that sent Werdum packing from the organization. It was a major upset for Werdum, who was near a title shot as the odd man out of the UFC's four-man heavyweight tournament with Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Werdum hold wins over Gabriel Gonzaga (twice), Brandon Vera, Aleksander Emelianenko and current Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.

Werdum stated at the Strikeforce "Shamrock vs. Diaz" post-fight press conference that he would like to challenge Overeem for the belt. However, Coker told FanHouse that Werdum's challenge was unexpected and the fight is simply a possibility but not definite. Coker is looking at other heavyweight free agents or heavyweights in non-exclusive contracts to match up with Werdum.