Alistair Overeem went against the grain in a sport that puts emphasis on it’s athletes cutting to the lowest fighting weight possible when he made the move up to a weight class that holds no restrictions. The Demolition Man has been carving an absolute path of destruction since abandoning the weight limitations of the 205 pound division and has found new life as a heavyweight.
Overeem laid claim to the Strikeforce heavyweight championship in November of 2007 when he stopped dangerous UFC veteran Paul Buentello with a vicious series of knees to the ribcage. The twenty eight year old Dutchman has gone undefeated in his last five mixed martial arts bouts as a heavyweight but the most awe inspiring victory of Overeem’s comeback didn’t come in an MMA bout.
On New Years Eve, Overeem knocked out the K-1 heavyweight champion at his own game. It was a crushing series of knees and fists that left feared K-1 champion, Badr Hari, in a heap and it was that same series of pulverizing strikes that has forced many of MMA’s most distinguished decision makers to take serious notice.
Overeem confirmed in an exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com that he is in talks with everybody and wants to fight everybody in 2009.
Overeem recently had the opportunity to attend UFC 93 in Ireland and had nothing but good things to say about the event.
“I thought it was great,” said Overeem. “A really good show and very enthusiastic fans. I was impressed.”
Overeem’s fans have long speculated about how he would do if was to ever enter the mix of the UFC’s heavyweight division and according to Alistair the possibility could very well become a reality sometime very soon.
“There is a interest on both sides,” confirmed Overeem. “My management is currently talking with them.”
Always one to consider his options, the 6′ 5″ powerhouse is currently in talks with every major fighting organization in the business.
“My management is talking with the UFC, K-1, Dream, Strikeforce and Affliction but there is no deal as of yet,” said Overeem. “I’m in no rush because I still have 2 fights on my Dream contract.”
Considering that Overeem had not competed in K-1 for close to five years made the impact of his win over Hari that much more significant.
“The win over Badr Hari was one of the biggest wins of my career,” said Overeem. “It was a really good win because K-1 is not my priority.”
It wasn’t just the fact that Overeem was able to finish Hari but it was the manner and the speed in which he was able to do so. The only people that it didn’t surprise, according to Alistair, was his own corner.
“Of course I was surprised at how quickly the fight was finished,” confessed Overeem. “A fight goes as it goes but my coaches told me that they had never seen me as sharp as before this fight. They knew he would go down. ”
Overeem has no plans of cutting his stint in K-1 short. If things go his way, he’ll be facing off with the 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix champion in his next kickboxing appearance. That is, if the one that is known as The Flying Dutchman accepts the already extended challenge.
“I want to face Remy Bonjasky under K-1 rules,” said Overeem. “I have already challenged him.”
According to Overeem, he has a short list of people he wants to fight in 2009 and that list has some very big names on it. A list not excluding the man that many consider to be the best fighter on the planet.
“I think Fedor is a very professional and pleasant person,” said Overeem. “I would like to fight him by the end of this year or sometime in 2010. I’m sure I will make a surprise in that fight.”
Fedor Emelianenko isn’t the only top heavyweight that Overeem has trained his sights on for the near future. Overeem wants both of the men competing in the UFC’s upcoming heavyweight championship unification, regardless of the bouts outcome.
“I would like to fight Frank Mir whether he beats Brock Lesnar or not,” said Overeem. “I think my style matches up with him perfectly.”
The last time I spoke with Alistair he told me that he felt like he could be the one to derail the freight train known as Brock Lesnar. This time Overeem confides that he doesn’t feel a possible match up between the two would have any chance of going to the judges.
“A don’t think a fight with Brock would come to a decision,” said Overeem.
It may just be heavyweights like Lesnar that have motivated Overeem to pack on massive amounts of muscle during his quest to become the best heavyweight in the world. It has been two years since he last competed at 205 pounds and has since packed on a staggering 40-50 pounds of muscle mass.
“There is some pressure to get bigger,” said Overeem. “You have to be able to counter the strength and weight but speed is also very important.”
Overeem wanted to let the world know that one of the planet’s most talked about fighters is currently accepting applications for a few good sponsors and had a few very special people he wanted to thank.
“I’m on the lookout for a good sponsor to promote the future #1 heavyweight in the world,” said Overeem.
“Many thanks to my fans all over the world. I’m getting a lot of fanmail via my website www.alistairovereem.com and I appreciate it a lot. Thanks to my team, they’ve been great, and thanks to my momma!”