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Strikeforce Champion or Aspiring Kickboxer: What’s really going on with Alistair Overeem?

alistair overeemAs we rapidly approach the two year anniversary of the Strikeforce heavyweight championship having not been defended, current title-holder Alistair Overeem has recently been announced to compete in a K-1 (kickboxing) event in September, with the possibility of a second in December.

K-1 recently announced Overeem as on of the contestants in the K-1 2009 World Grand Prix Final 16. He will face off with fellow Dutchman Peter “The Lumberjack” Aerts on September 26 for an opportunity to enter the final round which will be hosted in December.

Shockingly, Overeem is also expected to face off with a formidable opponent in Mighty Mo, Siala-Mou Siligia, during a separate kickboxing event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Golden Glory Fight Team set for Amsterdam on October 17.

Meanwhile, the Strikeforce heavyweight crown which Alistair holds claim to has gone undefended since the “Demolition Man” obtained it back in November of 2007, finishing Paul Buentello with a series of vicious knee strikes to the body. Since that time the bulk of the mixed martial arts Overeem has took part in has been for the DREAM promotion, where he has fought three times before meeting up with Gary Goodridge just before the end of 2008 at an MMA event in Holland.

Of course, Overeem has been scheduled to defend the title in the past. In June he was set to face off with Brett Rogers, and then again in August against Fabricio Werdum. Both times the fight had to be scratched at the last moment due to a hand injury suffered during a night club brawl in Holland. Yet apparently the hand must have made an astonishing recovery in the last couple of weeks since he was set to defend the Strikeforce title on August 15, as he has a full line-up of bouts scheduled in kickboxing throughout the duration of the year.

So what’s really going on with Mr. Overeem? Will we have the privilege of seeing the Strikeforce heavyweight strap being defended sometime before 2010? I would direct the question at Strikeforce, but at this point it’s painfully obvious that the ball lies firmly in Overeem’s court as to when we will see his championship obligations honored.

My suggestion would be to schedule Overeem to defend his title against Werdum on the same card that Fedor Emelianenko will be facing off with Brett Rogers. If, for whatever reason, Alistair can’t take part in the bout, strip him and make Fedor vs. Rogers a title fight. None of these interim shenanigans. Strikeforce needs their champions. Absentee belt-holders do nothing to help their cause, and their championships deserve better than that.

26 COMMENTS
  • cocoonofhorror says:

    this is crap. if you are scared of Fedor, and i know that you are, just say so and shitcan your belt. Rogers would likely demolish you anyway you sorry sack.

  • fraz says:

    Overeem is becoming a stain on Strikeforce’s shorts. Antics like this are making Dana sound smarter than he really is.

  • Austin says:

    I personally don’t think this has anything to do with it. I just think that Overeem doesn’t like fighting in California for OBVIOUS REASONS. Former Pride fighters always have trouble with the CSAC if you know what I mean. Maybe if they hold a fight in nevada, he’ll show up clean. It seems like the japanese don’t drug test, and he’s taking full advantage.

  • Angry Mike says:

    The guy holds the belt, but he’s not relevant. Now that has joined the org,
    every other heavyweight in the org. is a distant second best.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Oops. “Now that Fedor has joined the org. …”

  • Hope to see Overeem fight again soon. He had been making some noice in the HW divison and I would love to see him vs Fedor. I dont think taking on Fedor after a long layoff would be a good idea on his part though.

  • Batman says:

    I would like to see Alistair Overeem fight Brett Rogers that would be a good fight. Fedor can fight werdum on the same card I like that idea someone said something like that on this site.

  • mu_shin says:

    A couple thoughts:

    Big difference fighting with an 8 or 10 oz glove as a kickboxer and fighting with a four ounce MMA glove. If Overeems’s hand injury is legitimate, he might still be able to compete with a heavier, more well padded boxing glove, where an MMA glove could put him at risk. Many many boxers have well documented hand problems however, so maybe that’s not part of what’s happening.

    Austin’s point is well taken. Enter “Overeem and Steroids” in any search engine, and you’ll come up with sequential photos detailing his weight gain and added muscle over the past several years. While it’s possible for a gifted athlete with a genetic predisposition for muscle hypertrophy to gain size and strength with heavy weigth training, it’s a lot more likely that Overeem has used anabolic androgenic steroids to enhance his muscle mass and strength. My understanding is that Pride did not and Dream does not drug test in Japan, which might be part of the reason Overeem has not attempted to fight in the US, specifically in California where the CSAC is well known for zero tolerance (unless you’re Nick Diaz…)

    Overeem did fight Buentello in San Jose for the Strikeforce belt in 2007, so he must have been licensed in California then. If he’s ready to kickbox, he should be ready to defend the Strikeforce heavyweight title.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I havent yet figured out why all the hype over Overeem. Yes he is the strikeforce champion but who has he beaten in mma? He has beaten Belfort twice but it was 3-4 years ago. All the top guys he fights he loses to. I have only seen him kickbox once and it was vs Bonjasky in K-1 where he was way overpowering Remy but couldnt hurt him and lost a decision. He looked very slow to me. I really hope strikeforce puts a belt on the linf for Rogers vs Fedor and eventually Overeem makes his way back to lose to either guy.
    As for the steriod issue all I can say is he reminds me a lot of Evander Holyfield who also put on about 25-35lbs of solid muscle in very little time.

  • edub says:

    I think he has looked great in wins over Hunt and Buentello. However, this guys to injured to fight in the US but hell schedule multiple events in Japan that has not drug testing…coincidence I think not.

    Kudos on the article Cory. Very insightful. I think the part about having him defend at the event with Fedor and Brett is right on the money.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    That was a great link Shotokai.

  • edub says:

    I wish I could see it. Damn work computer.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I don’t see the problem here. He is off making money in Japan drug test free and leaving strikeforce without a champion to defend their HW belt. Why should Strikeforce be so loyal to a man who has no loyalty towards them? Strip him of the belt and move one

  • MacBatty says:

    Its stuff like this that makes Strikeforce a joke. They have 2 champions that have not defended their belts in years…(Cung Le)….Both of which are WAY overrated anyways! A company should never put their employees over the business…It should be Strikeforce 1st and if you cant fight for us then get off the pot. This wont change though because this is the only reason Strikeforce can get the bigger name fighters (Fedor) Because they give them opportunities to do whatever they want as opposed to the UFC that wont.

  • RoadsideGraphix says:

    Overeem is a more like OveRATED!
    He has 11 loses and most of them are guys that dont even fight anymore.

    He was good back in 2000 for like 5 minutes but he wont beat Fedor so he must already know that so he is going back to K1

  • Bullylover says:

    this is a great article. I’ve been wondering when the hell overeem is going to defend his title. I think both him and cung le should get their shit took if they cant defend their title’s within the next year. I’m not one to acuse a heavily built athlete of taking steroids but i’m with the rest of you . This dude must be taking something if he’s turned down the option to fight in !!!!AMERICA!!!!!. He already has exposure in japan and yet he’s turning down the opportunity to fight and gain exposure in America. Yeah something funny is definately going on.

  • submit662266 says:

    I pretty much agree with everything that has already been posted. If he can’t/won’t fight, let 2 guys who want to fight have a go at it.

  • neijia says:

    great article and comments. let’s see some title defenses, strikeforce!

  • Between Cung Le and Overeem Strikeforce might as well throw their titles in the trash. Time to see them fight or give the titles to someone else.

  • mu_shin says:

    Have to put in two more cents: Cung Le is not overrated. He is an awesome fighter, and anyone who doubts it should see if any of his san shou kickboxing matches are available on line. The guy was untouchable, and totally dominated.

    He fought Frank Shamrock on March 29, 2008, and has been shooting movies pretty much full time since then. He’s making a professional choice, and as a professional promotion, Strikeforce should do the same: either defend the title, which I’m sure Cung Le could do against any middleweight under contract to Strikeforce, or relinquish the belt so a new champion can be named.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    + 1

    he his afraid of all of them

    Brett would KO him
    Werdum already beat him and
    Fedor well its fedor do i need to say more

  • JBAR says:

    Strip him of his belt and have a tournament to crown the new champion. If he wants to be the champ he needs to be a part of the tournament and get his ass in the ring and fight for it.

  • neijia says:

    > Have to put in two more cents: Cung Le is not overrated. He is an awesome fighter, and anyone who doubts it should see if any of his san shou kickboxing matches are available on line. The guy was untouchable, and totally dominated.

    > He fought Frank Shamrock on March 29, 2008, and has been shooting movies pretty much full time since then. He’s making a professional choice, and as a professional promotion, Strikeforce should do the same: either defend the title, which I’m sure Cung Le could do against any middleweight under contract to Strikeforce, or relinquish the belt so a new champion can be named.

    100%. But they do need to force Le’s hand. We want to see him defend the title. Otherwise, he needs to go on into the movie thing full time.

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