Two years folks. That’s how long the championship belt has been residing with Alistair Overeem in his stomping grounds in Holland, steady collecting dust.
As Brett “Grim” Rogers prepares for the biggest fight of his life against Fedor Emelianenko, he’d be lying if he didn’t admit that the fact that the fight is just another fight to some degree has left an awful taste in his mouth.
In a recent conversation with FiveOuncessOfPain.com, Rogers made his stance on the situation quite clear, explaining, “Alistair’s kind of holding on to the title. I don’t know what he’s doing, or what little plan he has hidden up his sleeve, but he’s gonna have to give that up, sooner than later, because I’m coming for it.”
No strangers to one another, Overeem and Rogers were set to have their day back on June 6. A bout Alistair was forced out of due to a broken hand suffered during a barroom brawl in Holland.
When former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski steeped up to fill Overeem’s shoes, he got bounced in just :22 seconds on the receiving end of a “Grim” knockout. A victory that has left Rogers in a position where he feels like he’s already the guy to beat in Strikeforce.
“I feel like I should already have the title for when I fought Arlovski,” said Rogers. “That title should have been mine, but Alistair keeps procrastinating and making up little excuses abut his hand and all this. I mean, he has I don’t know how many other wins, but he’s making excuses. We’re going to get our day.
“I’m about to get two titles in a sense [laughs]. I’m going to take out Fedor, and I’m going to take out Overeem whenever I get to him.”