Alistair Overeem Says He Is Not Cut From Strikeforce, Wants an Immediate UFC Title Shot

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FastKnockout
8/16/11 3:21:17PM
The latest chapter in the Zuffa vs. Golden Glory discussion sounds like good news for fans of The Reem. According to both Overeem himself and Golden Glory head Bas Boon, Alistair Overeem has not in fact been cut from Strikeforce or stripped of the Heavyweight title.

Overeem sat down with MMA Bay to discuss this whole situation, saying that he is in a negotiation period with the UFC. He also added that he's ready to come to the UFC, and he wants an immediate shot at the Heavyweight title:

I am in an exclusive negotiation period [with the UFC]. If we can find common ground, we can work together, and if we can't, then we're going to depart. I want to fight in the UFC. They have the best guys, but it has to be at the right terms. So, we're just going to have to wait and see.
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Theoutlaw08
8/16/11 3:28:01PM
The UFC isnt going to let him fight in K-1 or DREAM anymore. He's going to have to give that stuff up. Maybe thats what hes trying to get out of them
jjeans
8/16/11 3:42:42PM
What a shame that he knows JDS and Cain are fighting...
ghandikush
8/16/11 4:03:49PM

Posted by jjeans

What a shame that he knows JDS and Cain are fighting...



...... and then?
prophecy033
8/16/11 4:56:04PM
Really? He's gonna have to get in line. His last 2 Strikeforce performances don't scream "give him a title shot now". He beat up Rogers, a guy that was coming off a lose, and Werdum, a fight that was as embarrassing for me as it was for him. He's a great talent but I think he needs a few fights before they give him a title fight.
mrsmiley
8/16/11 5:21:51PM
I say give him brock or Carwin. If he can dominate either guy than give him a shot at the title.
prophecy033
8/16/11 5:40:24PM

Posted by mrsmiley

I say give him brock or Carwin. If he can dominate either guy than give him a shot at the title.

I like that, but instead of a title shot after he wins (if he does) make him fight the loser between Cain v dos santos. Then we will know he is on their level
TOMMYAYO05
8/16/11 5:56:14PM
I personally think he would waste either jds or cain
mrsmiley
8/16/11 5:57:20PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by mrsmiley

I say give him brock or Carwin. If he can dominate either guy than give him a shot at the title.

I like that, but instead of a title shot after he wins (if he does) make him fight the loser between Cain v dos santos. Then we will know he is on their level



Yeah that probably would be a better route.
I'm thinking as long as he's in high profile fights straight out of the box, he'll be a big draw in the UFC. If he can't beat Carwin or Brock perhaps give him Mir or even Konga?
mrsmiley
8/16/11 6:01:34PM

Posted by TOMMYAYO05

I personally think he would waste either jds or cain



With all his experince it's not out of the realm of possibility considering he's at his peak. I'm not even sure if JDS and Cain's record combined equal Ubereems. He's got the potential to be the UFC champion but I think what makes people nervous is the lack of opposistion he's fought within MMA's HW division.
Personally I think he could take JDS,but i'm not quiet sure about Cain.
Cain could wear him out with numerous TD attempts but if Alistair landed a knee in the process the tides would turn violently.
BeeR
8/16/11 6:42:36PM
"Wants an Immediate UFC Title Shot"


hahahahaha


yeah.

right.

KungFuMaster
8/16/11 6:56:03PM
Very smart move by Overeem. If I was Overeem, I would only come to the ufc if and only if I am granted an immediate title shot.

IMO, Overeem is too slow for Cain and Junior and will most likely be picked apart by those two fighters. I think Overeem knows this as well and does not want to jeopardize his opportunity of a title shot by taking a warm up fight or a number one contender fight.

Here is what I believe Overeem wants to do: He wants an immediate title shot. He wins, he makes money>>>he stays. He loses but makes money and goes back to K-1happily. If this is indeed Overeem's plan, I like it - smart and calculating.

I would do the same.
sbulldavid
8/16/11 8:49:15PM
I'm a believer in Overeem but I think Overeem will have setbacks just like the other Heavyweights.
SmileR
8/16/11 10:19:43PM
Anyone that wants an Av bet if the JDS vs Overeem fight happens let me know! I'll take Alistair without a moments hesitation!
JDS is a good striker in the UFC's HW division, Alistair is a good striker where ever you put him.
JDS would get murdered in K1 or any of the other high level striking events, Overeem has proven he can hang with the elite of the striking world time an time again.
Cain is a completely different animal an I can see him beating Alistair but JDS would get picked apart and embarrassed before getting finished!
Manak
8/16/11 10:26:56PM

Posted by KungFuMaster

Very smart move by Overeem. If I was Overeem, I would only come to the ufc if and only if I am granted an immediate title shot.

IMO, Overeem is too slow for Cain and Junior and will most likely be picked apart by those two fighters. I think Overeem knows this as well and does not want to jeopardize his opportunity of a title shot by taking a warm up fight or a number one contender fight.

Here is what I believe Overeem wants to do: He wants an immediate title shot. He wins, he makes money>>>he stays. He loses but makes money and goes back to K-1happily. If this is indeed Overeem's plan, I like it - smart and calculating.

I would do the same.



agreed but highly doubt UFC lets him go after one loss, if he is in the UFC then he is there till the contracts up with no K- or dream, I think if they do get him an immediate title shot he will stay with UFC. Personally im a fan I think he would win the title. Im sure K-1 would be pissed since he is the defending WGP champ
sbulldavid
8/16/11 10:46:12PM
I think he's a coin flip with all of the UFC elite because although he has great technique he's still kind of a brawler with poor defense. He's got the best Muay Thai clinch in all of MMA in my opinion and I think his reach, his clinch along with his multidimensional striking would give JDS all kinds of problems. Lesner is who I would love to see him fight.
tn_rebel
8/16/11 11:40:55PM

Posted by SmileR

Anyone that wants an Av bet if the JDS vs Overeem fight happens let me know! I'll take Alistair without a moments hesitation!
JDS is a good striker in the UFC's HW division, Alistair is a good striker where ever you put him.
JDS would get murdered in K1 or any of the other high level striking events, Overeem has proven he can hang with the elite of the striking world time an time again.
Cain is a completely different animal an I can see him beating Alistair but JDS would get picked apart and embarrassed before getting finished!



I'll take JDS
prozacnation1978
8/17/11 5:49:51AM
I honestly think he is gonna face lesnar or mir for next title shot

I could easily see him vs mir
Lesnar vs schaub/big nog winner
Manak
8/17/11 8:11:28AM
is lesnar still sick? I think he runs through mir is the match them up, better striking n I dont think mir has the wrestleing to take him down
jae_1833
8/17/11 9:18:20AM
I love AA but the dude should have to run the gauntlet just like everyone else. Have him fight Kongo, then Schaub and then a number one contender like Mir, JDS, or Brock. Three fights prior to a title fight gives you credibility to a large group of fans who only watch UFC. An immediate title fight followed by stiff competition could lead us into another Fedor situation.
Manak
8/17/11 10:41:37AM

Posted by jae_1833

I love AA but the dude should have to run the gauntlet just like everyone else. Have him fight Kongo, then Schaub and then a number one contender like Mir, JDS, or Brock. Three fights prior to a title fight gives you credibility to a large group of fans who only watch UFC. An immediate title fight followed by stiff competition could lead us into another Fedor situation.



the big defference is SF isnt as big as pride was in they were bought. So Fedor gettin an immediate made sense since he was the HW champ but that never happened so oh well But Hendo got 2 immediate title shots to unify the belts. I dont think you need to build Overeem that much for the fan base, run some spike shows on him, then u have the fact he is the SF champ plus u can make a crap ton globally with being the K-1 WGP (last i looked the world has alot of ppl not in the US) plus with UFC wanting to go global then y not,
machodog76
8/17/11 1:16:57PM
I think his status as Strike force champ warrants a title shot just like Hendo when he came over from Pride. I love unification bouts. That being said, the 4oz gloves and the speed of guys like JDS and Cain would be too much for him, the defense that he uses in K-1 won't work in MMA, you can't just cover up with the little gloves, ask Tito.
Bubbles
8/17/11 3:42:20PM

Posted by SmileR

Anyone that wants an Av bet if the JDS vs Overeem fight happens let me know! I'll take Alistair without a moments hesitation!
JDS is a good striker in the UFC's HW division, Alistair is a good striker where ever you put him.
JDS would get murdered in K1 or any of the other high level striking events, Overeem has proven he can hang with the elite of the striking world time an time again.
Cain is a completely different animal an I can see him beating Alistair but JDS would get picked apart and embarrassed before getting finished!




usadingo
8/17/11 8:24:29PM
Couple things to consider...

If the UFC and FOX have truly struck a deal, than Overeem could be very useful. He has that freak of nature build that makes people want to see him fight even if they have no idea who he is.
Then you have Brock Lesnar. Another freak of nature who people know. If the UFC matched Overeem and Lesnar up and put it as a primetime event on FOX, the ratings could be massive and would attract a new crowd to the UFC. Especially after Overeem rolls over Lesnar and people wonder how a fighter they haven't heard of destroys someone they heard was supposed to be good.
sbulldavid
8/17/11 11:39:52PM
I can see it now....

Dana White - " ( smiling and ranting ) Alistair Overeem is the current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion "

Rogan - " ( stoned and confused ) They call him the Demolition Man, dude is a beast ! "

Dana - " ( cocky and mocking ) He's the reigning K-1 champion "

Rogan - " ( awakened and startled ) Brett Rogers was on the verge of defeating Fedor Emelienenko.....Overeem crushes him like a can "

Dana - " ( pretending to be a sympathetic fan ) Champion vs Champion... for the first time ever we will have an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division "

Rogan - " ( Getting a boner ) Dude eats horse sausage or something like that and he fights K-1 as a hobby

Overeem - " ( talking smack in Dutch or whatever he speaks with Valentjin translating in perfect English)

Zuffa Logo followed by a Viagra commercial
Manak
8/18/11 10:02:24AM

Posted by sbulldavid

I can see it now....

Dana White - " ( smiling and ranting ) Alistair Overeem is the current Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion "

Rogan - " ( stoned and confused ) They call him the Demolition Man, dude is a beast ! "

Dana - " ( cocky and mocking ) He's the reigning K-1 champion "

Rogan - " ( awakened and startled ) Brett Rogers was on the verge of defeating Fedor Emelienenko.....Overeem crushes him like a can "

Dana - " ( pretending to be a sympathetic fan ) Champion vs Champion... for the first time ever we will have an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division "

Rogan - " ( Getting a boner ) Dude eats horse sausage or something like that and he fights K-1 as a hobby

Overeem - " ( talking smack in Dutch or whatever he speaks with Valentjin translating in perfect English)

Zuffa Logo followed by a Viagra commercial




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