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When asked what the biggest difference is between then and now, the well-built heavyweight responded, "About 40 pounds of whoop-ass."
Overeem (34-11) has certainly added mass since that loss five years ago. During Friday's official weigh-in, staged in front of American Airlines Center, he tipped the scale at 256 pounds. Werdum (14-4-1) came in at 246.
"I'm glad to be a part of this Grand Prix," Barnett said. "It's an incredible assortment of champions. Wherever you put a ring or a cage, that's my home."
In addition to the tournament bouts, "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" features two high-profile lightweight fights, which could have title implications.
All but one fighter on the "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum" roster came in on weight. As expected, late replacement Brian Melancon was four pounds too heavy for his welterweight fight against Issac Vallie-Flagg. The fight will still proceed, according to matchmaker Sean Shelby.
Brett Okamoto covers mixed martial arts for ESPN.com.
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will finally get his chance to avenge a 2006 submission loss to Fabricio Werdum when the promotion's heavyweight Grand Prix continues Saturday.