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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Overeem..Ufc Free Agent??

With Strikeforce cutting Overeem, is the Ufc now a likely landing place?

It seems all too convenient,

"TORONTO -- Strikeforce has released heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the move in a text to The Canadian Press. Zuffa, the UFC's parent company, owns Strikeforce.

Strikeforce did not offer a reason for Overeem's release. But the six-foot-five 265-pound Dutch fighter recently dropped out of the Sept. 10 semifinals of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament. CEO Scott Coker attributed that to injury.

Overeem has said he expected to fight in October, and that September was too soon. In an earlier interview posted on his website, he said it appeared Zuffa was threatening to cut him if he didn't fight in September.

"I need to be 100 per cent for these fights," he said on his website.

The website video includes footage of Overeem having tests July 29 in an Amsterdam hospital with a doctor, pointing to an X-ray, saying he had a fractured rib.

Overeem (35-11-1) had been due to fight Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva."


http://www.tsn.ca/mma/story/?id=372853
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 05:08 PM
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Alistair and Dana seemed to be on good terms before. Lets hope so...it would be a big fallacy not to have em on the UFC roster.

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Something is going on here and it seems a bit of a easy way to get him into the UFC. There must be something going on behind the scenes. Strikeforce, from a business perspective would be foolish to cut him because he was injured, or didn't want to fight a whole month sooner then was expected.
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For some reason I thought of this scene in Robocop. Don't ask why. It's some sort of a diabolical plan to have Overeem fired...lolz!

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He's fighting in another promotion.

ZUFFA doesn't like that.

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He's fighting in another promotion.

ZUFFA doesn't like that.
I think Zuffa told Toevereems management that if they book him with another promotion they would cut him.

Zuffa will probably gladly sign him if he's willing to sign an exclusive contract with them. The fact that they didn't do for him what they did for Diaz means it's more complicated than that.

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- According to Dave Meltzer, Alistair Overeem's release was due to a negotiating impasse with Zuffa, Bas Boon and Golden Glory (Overeem's management team). When it comes to Strikeforce, DREAM, PRIDE and other companies, the company would pay the management team most of the money and the team would pay the fighters. This is not the Zuffa policy, as they pay the fighters directly. The mentality with Zuffa is that they have no reason to change the way the do business, and their evidence to that is the fact that the other companies have either shut down, been bought out or closed. Fedor Emelianenko also has similar terms. Besides being listed a s co-promoters of events he fights on, Fedor will be listed as making roughly $300,000. But there is also another figure being paid directly to M-1, in the neighborhood of $1.2 million.

- There is also a potential issue with Sergei Kharitonov. Kharitonov is currently being advertised for an October fight in Moscow, and is also in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Grand Prix in September. He faces Josh Barnett on that show, and if Barnett wins there is no issue. But if Kharitonov wins, and doesn't cancel the Moscow show, there will likely be more problems. Zuffa and Showtime will not want to start promoting Kharitonov in the finals given the chance he could get injured in an October fight and pull out of the finals.

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Business as usual huh.




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I wish the UCF would just absorb Strikeforce already. This whole Zuffa but not UFC thing is annoying and confusing. Just put the top guys in the UFC and turn SF into the minor leagues since it was close to that level anyway.
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I wish the UCF would just absorb Strikeforce already. This whole Zuffa but not UFC thing is annoying and confusing. Just put the top guys in the UFC and turn SF into the minor leagues since it was close to that level anyway.
the longer they keep sf operating the bigger holes its putting in their pockets..The whole acquisition seems to have only bared nick diaz who is only goin to be srved to the canadian blanket. Pretty costly purchase to make just to stop sf from going to spike..

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