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OVEREEM: FEDOR DOESN'T WANT TO FIGHT ME



Alistair Overeem is on the hunt for Fedor Emelianenko, and according to the K-1 and Pride veteran from Holland, the world's top heavyweight is ducking a fight with him.

The Strikeforce heavyweight champion talked about his long standing challenge to Fedor, on the heels of the announcement that he would return on June 26 in Strikeforce to face Fabricio Werdum.

The fight has been long rumored and a popular discussion amongst fans, but Overeem feels that either Fedor or M-1 Global wants no part of a fight with him.

"I know Fedor's a fighter, he's like me he doesn't care who he fights, so maybe it's the management," Overeem said on Tuesday. "Like I said, it takes two to tango, if he doesn't want to fight or his management if that party doesn't want to fight me, it's not going to happen. But I am going to tell people what's up. I am going to tell that they didn't accept the fight."

The reasoning behind Fedor's alleged refusal of the fight seems clear to Overeem, and he's not sure if the fight will ever happen at this point.

"I think they want to keep Fedor's status as undefeated, I think they see me as a threat to that," Overeem said. "One of the managers of M-1 Global, I know him personally, he knows the way I train, he knows what I'm capable of."

The Dutch striking machine says he has lobbied for the match for a long time, but can't keep chasing him, and eventually he had to move on.

"I've been trying to fight Fedor for sometime now, and Fedor doesn't care to fight me," said Overeem. "What are you going to do if you have one party that wants to fight, and the other party doesn't want to fight, then you don't have a fight. Brett Rogers has wanted to fight me for one year, so I'm willing to fight anybody."

And as for the title being on the line against Rogers, Overeem says it's been too long away and he is happy to defend his title against all challengers. Maybe just not the one he was gunning for.

"I'm just going to fight anyone they put in front of me," said Overeem. "I think Brett did one hell of a fight with Fedor, Fedor doesn't want to fight me, it's real simple."

Alistair Overeem will defend his title next weekend against Brett Rogers in Strikeforce from St. Louis.
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http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=11417&zoneid=2

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I dont think its Fedor or Fedors management. I think its Strikeforce attempting to protect there investment. Overeem creates some big problems for anyone that fights him. His stand up is excellent, his ground game is as good as almost any other heavyweights, he is extremely strong and has one of the best clinch games of any fighter on the planet. Strikeforce might feed Fedor another lesser heavyweight after Werdum considering how well getting Hendo panned out for them. Point of all this being, Fedor and his management are about money, they dont give a shit who Fedor fights, Strikeforce on the other hand has a shit load of money tied up in Fedor and cant afford to have him lose right now.
 

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I think there are fighters to beat Fedor, but I think Overeem would get knocked silly, and be made to look foolish against him. IN MY OPINION Overeem is hiding from the top competition as blatantly as anyone, right behind his pharmaceuticals.
 

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i dont care about either of these guys.

but its always funny ppl said Overeem is ducking Fedor when its clear it was Fedor ducking Overeem for awhile.

which is kinda sad cuz Overeem isnt even a top 5 guy.
 

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I dont think anybody is ducking anybody here.

They are fighters and if the correct amount of $$$$$$$$$$ was on the table they would fight.

Personally I dont care for either of these guys. One claims to be the best HW in the world but wont prove it, the other is the Strikeforce HW champ for 2 years and refused to defend his title. Both can go f#ck off.
 

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I dont think anybody is ducking anybody here.

They are fighters and if the correct amount of $$$$$$$$$$ was on the table they would fight.
Money being a motivating factor for Fedor is not exactly true! The UFC offered Fedor more money then Strikeforce to fight for them. Instead, out of loyalty to M-1, he chose the lesser organization. I really do believe M-1 has more of a say on who Fedor fights and don't fight.

Personally I dont care for either of these guys. One claims to be the best HW in the world but wont prove it, the other is the Strikeforce HW champ for 2 years and refused to defend his title. Both can go f#ck off.
In defense of Fedor, Andre Arlovski and Tim Sylvia were both on the top ten when Fedor fought them. The man Fedor is about to face is also on the top ten, not some bum Strikeforce found sleeping in a telephone booth at the local bus station. How exactly is he not proving it?
 

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In defense of Fedor, Andre Arlovski and Tim Sylvia were both on the top ten when Fedor fought them. The man Fedor is about to face is also on the top ten, not some bum Strikeforce found sleeping in a telephone booth at the local bus station. How exactly is he not proving it?
2 fights that mattered (arguably) in the 5 years since PRIDE died doesnt make you the best.


I'm not even going to get into this. I hate talking about Fedor.
 

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I just think this is Overeems way of calling Fedor out, obviously he has to get past Rogers first, I have Overeem to win the Rogers fight.

Thinking of Overeem as a can is stupidity, I'm not taking about the opponent Overeem has face over the last few years thats irrelevant, the guys strength and technique has improved by miles over the last few years regardless of who he has forgot in MMA or K-1, Overeem is at his athletic peak, has the best stand up in MMA, only guy in his stand up league in MMA is Anderson Silva, the guy looks to of seriously improved.

I would not be surprised if Overeem takes out Rogers then Fedor only to be scouted out for a UFC contract by the the end of this year or early next
 

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It's pretty obvious to me that M-1 is ducking Overeem, considering they said that they wouldn't fight Overeem because they THINK he might be on steroids and in the next sentence say that they would rather fight Barnett, who is a PROVEN steroid user.

if Fedor loses, M-1 loses their free meal ticket, so yeah, I imagine they hand pick all his fights.
 

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Fedor ducking fighters?Good heavens no! that cannot be! Fedor is teh greatest of all time, he fights anyone and everyone!.... :sarcastic09:
 

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This is ridiculous. I am completely confident that Fedor is not ducking Overeem. He is just hyping himself up. He needs to be focused on Rogers right now because if he loses then Fedor really won't want to fight him since he doesn't have the belt anymore. :thumb02:
 

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If i remember correctly, Mirko was on a huge winning spree before he got to fight him.. he asked for that fight many times.. then finally he got it and could be he thought Fedor was ducking him.. he was wrong..

So, go ahead think that he is ducking you.. that is what he wants you to think..
 

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Fedor's mgmt. is afraid of Overeem. If Fedor ducks Overeem after he beats Werdum, Fedor can kiss his legacy goodbye.
 

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Fraudor's legacy is built on lies anyway. Just look how hyped this clown was because he managed to do well against the phony.
 

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What you didn't hear?

Valdim (Manager/M-1): We do not want to fight Alistair he is a steriod cattle (well ok that's reasonable) we seek a fight with Josh Barnett insted.....? WTF?
 
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