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Old 01-28-2010, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alistair Overeem: "I will sign with the UFC immediately under the right term"

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Dutch striker Alistair Overeem is the current Strikeforce heavyweight champion, however, the champ has not fought in the Strikeforce organization in his last seven fights. Overeem’s last Strikeforce bout was in November of 2007, when he defeated Paul Buentello.

The Strikeforce champion has dropped some interesting news to Fighters Only Magazine.

Overeem says that he would sign with the Ultimate Fighting Championship under the right conditions. He has been in negotiations with the organization before, but the two sides failed to agree to terms.

“I’m not going to discuss the UFC too much with the media. But I will say that when they show me terms I like, I’ll sign,” Overeem said.

“Money is important but it isn’t everything. There are some conditions they have that I don’t like. But like I said, when the terms are right I will sign right away.”

Overeem also stated that his career goal is to beat top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor is one of the newest Strikeforce additions, but he is rumored to be fighting Fabricio Werdum in April on a fight card that will be televised on CBS.

That would push a potential Fedor – Overeem match to late 2010.

Overeem seems to be in no rush to fight Fedor. “I am just getting started, I still have six, seven or maybe eight years before retirement,” he said.

If the UFC offers terms that appeal to Overeem, he will likely sign immediately and hope that one day Fedor and the UFC can come to a seemingly impossible agreement.
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I Really don't know what to think about him . he's improved in the last 2 years and looked alot better at HW than LHW .
but he usually beat only cans , so it's hard to estimate how he will do in the UFC .
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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But man I hate this interview. It's so dumb. I'm a bit of an Overeem fan and I love SF but what he's saying here is SO dumb.


SF's HW division is plenty stacked right now and it has apparently the person he wants to fight the most. But he's unwilling to set the date for the fight and he hasn't defended his title.


What the hell do you want Overeem? Why don't you commit to your current organization instead of talking about the UFC?
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Good find.



But man I hate this interview. It's so dumb. I'm a bit of an Overeem fan and I love SF but what he's saying here is SO dumb.


SF's HW division is plenty stacked right now and it has apparently the person he wants to fight the most. But he's unwilling to set the date for the fight and he hasn't defended his title.


What the hell do you want Overeem? Why don't you commit to your current organization instead of talking about the UFC?
I'd love to see Overeem in the UFC but yeah I see your point. His priority should be getting that fight with Fedor right now.
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I would be willing to bet that he, like Fedor, doesn't like the fact that he couldn't fight anywhere else if he signed with the UFC. I agree with the above post, defend your "title". He claims he wants to fight Fedor, I would think as the Strikeforce HW champ, and Fedor fighting for Strikeforce all he would have to do is ask.
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I'd hate to say it, but Overeem has never seemed at all passionate about fighting in SF. He obviously sees UFC as the place to be, and if signing with Dana and company is what it takes to get him focused and dedicated to MMA, then I'm all for it. I, too, want to see SF build itself up and establish an impressive roster, but I think it has and is continuing to do so without Overeem, so the loss wouldn't be detrimental to the alternative organization whatsoever. On the plus side, it's a great addition to an ever evolving UFC HW division. The potential for classic encounters are endless, and I'd have to imagine that Overeem would be an instant contender, though I have to ask... I've only ever seen him predominantly fight stand-up... how are his ground skills?
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I'd hate to say it, but Overeem has never seemed at all passionate about fighting in SF. He obviously sees UFC as the place to be, and if signing with Dana and company is what it takes to get him focused and dedicated to MMA, then I'm all for it. I, too, want to see SF build itself up and establish an impressive roster, but I think it has and is continuing to do so without Overeem, so the loss won't be detrimental to the alternative organization whatsoever. On the plus side, it's a great addition to an ever evolving UFC HW division. I'd have to imagine that Overeem would an instant contender, though I have to ask... I've only ever seen him predominantly fight stand-up... how are his ground skills?
He's clearly ducking Fedor, he only fights cans all year long. He's going to UFC to duck Fedor, but he's only going to get someone else good. Either way we will all see how junk Overeem is
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He's clearly ducking Fedor, he only fights cans all year long. He's going to UFC to duck Fedor, but he's only going to get someone else good. Either way we will all see how junk Overeem is
Ouch!

I can't deny he's been mauling cans for the past 2 years in mma.. Whats most impressive to me is that he KO'd badr hari, took remy bonjasky to a decision and beat peter aerts. If you haven't seen those fights give em a watch. I started liking him more after seeing him, especially against remy.
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Ouch!

I can't deny he's been mauling cans for the past 2 years in mma.. Whats most impressive to me is that he KO'd badr hari, took remy bonjasky to a decision and beat peter aerts. If you haven't seen those fights give em a watch. I started liking him more after seeing him, especially against remy.
But that was K-1 and not MMA. It seems like Strikeforce knows there champ sucks, or else Fedor would be fighting him and not Werdum.. Fedor deserves to be the champ, SF needs to get there shit straight.
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But that was K-1 and not MMA. It seems like Strikeforce knows there champ sucks, or else Fedor would be fighting him and not Werdum.. Fedor deserves to be the champ, SF needs to get there shit straight.
Indeed. I think overeem should have been stripped quite a while ago, but I also think his striking is vastly improved and could be a potential force at heavyweight.
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Indeed. I think overeem should have been stripped quite a while ago, but I also think his striking is vastly improved and could be a potential force at heavyweight.
I somewhat agree. But being the champ you need to fight contenders... Contenders being Fedor, which is something he doesn't want to do. (I don't blame him) But if he doesn't want to defend the belt. He shouldn't have it. Period.
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