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

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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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Post #1   8/16/11 3:21:17PM   

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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

Post #2   8/16/11 3:28:01PM   

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

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Posted by jjeans

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



...... and then?

Post #4   8/16/11 4:03:49PM   

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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.

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

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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

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I personally think he would waste either jds or cain

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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?

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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.

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"Wants an Immediate UFC Title Shot"


hahahahaha


yeah.

right.

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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.

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I'm a believer in Overeem but I think Overeem will have setbacks just like the other Heavyweights.

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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!

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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

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