If he wasn’t used to the questions before, Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem better become accustomed to them now, because there will be plenty more coming.
After easily disposing of Brett Rogers on Saturday night at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery,” if, when, where and why not inquiries regarding a mega-fight with Fedor Emelianenko will surround the controversial title holder until the scrap comes to fruition.
Although they have previously competed together in Japan under the famed PrideFC banner, and are both currently employed by Strikeforce, their accomplished paths have failed to cross. Despite the Dutchman’s continuous efforts to locate MMA’s most wanted heavyweight, he’s confident things will finally get done this time around.
“I spoke to [Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker] and everybody wants this fight to happen,” Overeem told MMAFighting.com. “I believe even Fedor wants for this fight to happen. I think it’s gonna happen.”
Overeem has previously accused Team Fedor of trying to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge him. Following his lopsided victory inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, he reiterated that sentiment, however clarified that his frustration is directed squarely towards M-1 Global, Emelianenko’s longtime management company, and not “The Last Emperor.”
“Fedor himself is a true warrior. I respect him a lot. He’s a true champion. I know from the Pride days,” Overeem said. “Actually, we get along fine. We’ve worked out a couple of times and there’s a lot of respect there. His management, however, has accused me of steroid use.”
Why do you think they would conjure up a tale of you juicing when you have never produced a positive drug test???
“They are ducking me. They are putting all sorts of barriers to not have the fight happen. I think they are the obstacle,” Overeem added. “Fedor is not the obstacle, I’m not the obstacle.
“Scott wants the fight to happen. Strikeforce wants the fight to happen. Showtime wants the fight to happen. The fans want the fight to happen, but Fedor’s management – a different story.”
Emelianenko is scheduled to headline Strikeforce’s June 26th event against Fabricio Werdum. It has been heavily rumored that if he is able to leave the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California victorious and unscathed, Overeem and Fedor could star in the organization’s first pay-per-view broadcast later this year.