Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem hoarded the spotlight on a day Strikeforce intended to lay out their plans for the immediate future. “Intended” being the operative word as the MMA promotion didn’t say jack, however Overeem said plenty, including his thoughts on company golden boy Fedor Emelianenko.
“Fedor doesn’t want to fight,” Overeem told MMAJunkie.com. “His manager doesn’t want to fight. That’s basically the message I’m getting out of all of this. The management said, ‘Yeah, we want to fight Alistair, but first, Alistair must fight somebody else.'”
Those are some pretty bold accusations for Overeem to make, especially when you take into account Emelianenko holds a dominant 31-1 professional record and has been perfect through his last 27 scraps.
In addition to insisting Overeem earn his spot, Team Fedor also mentioned at a recent presser that if a showdown were to happen, the Dutchman, and Fedor as well, would have to submit to a strict drug screening processes before and after the contest.
Much has been made of Overeem’s immediate exit from the U.S. after capturing the Strikeforce heavyweight title back in November 2007. Not only has he not been back to defend his crown, he turned into The Incredible Hulk during the process which has many, ahem Fedor and Co., questioning the legitimacy behind achieving that kind of natural growth in such a short period of time.
“If people take the time to look what the situation is, there’s no secrets; there’s no strange stuff going on,” Overeem said. “I can look you in the face and answer your questions. Then they’ll see that things turn out the way they turn out.
“Basically, you need two parties to agree on a fight. Otherwise it’s not going to happen.”
Now that Overeem will likely meet Brett Rogers on the same May 15th fight card that Fedor faces Fabricio Werdum, it’s believed that if both are able to walk away victorious and unscathed, they would then meet in a blockbuster heavyweight matchup, possibly on Strikeforce’s first pay-per-view broadcast later this year.
If that’s the case, Overeem said he was down, however Fedor may have other plans.
“I don’t know what is going to happen because I think [Fedor] might want to leave Strikeforce,” Overeem said. “I’m not really occupied with the situation; I’m just focused on myself and my training.”