While MMA fans continue to wait for Monday’s “big announcement” to come, Strikeforce’s employees keep leaking other information regarding the company’s future schedule. Heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem says he will likely face Brett Rogers on Strikeforce’s yet-to-be-announced May 15th event.
Overeem told MMAJunkie.com this afternoon that, although nothing has been confirmed, he is expecting to face the former Sam’s Club tire repairman in a non-title affair.
That’s right, just because the controversial slugger is FINALLY returning to the U.S, it doesn’t mean his gold will be up for grabs.
Overeem captured the heavyweight title when he whooped Paul Buentello back in November 2007, however hasn’t set foot on American soil since.
“He’s an excellent opponent,” Overeem told the website. “I’m looking forward to [smacking] his face and his loud mouth. I’m really happy that Strikeforce came with this fight so now we can settle things once and for all.”
Although fans would like to see Overeem actually defend his crown for a change, this particular move makes sense as Rogers just got knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in his last outing, and it sets up the blockbuster matchup between Fedor and Overeem, which would then be for the strap – assuming both walk away victorious in their upcoming bouts, of course.
Overeem, who holds a dominant 32-11 MMA mark, also mentioned the possibility of meeting either Neil Grove or Josh Barnett at Dream.13 on March 22nd, however he’ll know more later this week.
Rogers owns a 10-1 professional record and has finished in all of his wins. Unfortunately, Rogers attempted the highly ineffective face-to-fist defense against Fedor and wound up paying dearly for it.
The May 15th event is rumored to take place in St. Louis, MO. If the show does in fact land in The Lou, the card would likely be hosted inside the Scottrade Center, site of last June’s “Strikeforce: Shields vs. Lawler” event.