Alistair Overeem has claimed for years that M-1 Global, the company that manages Fedor Emelianenko, knows how to “dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge” with the best of ’em. It appears the Strikeforce champ’s nonstop badgering has caused Emelianenko to finally turn the tables, as the Russian is now interested in arranging the biggest heavyweight scrap currently available in MMA.
“Absolutely, I would like a rematch with [Fabricio] Werdum,” Fedor told Mixfight.ru (courtesy of MiddleEasy). “But as he was recently operated on … this fight is unlikely to happen. This year, in November-December, I would prefer to meet in a cage with Alistair Overeem.”
Emelianenko had his 27-fight winning streak abruptly snapped when the Brazilian jiu jitsu ace wrapped his lanky legs around Fedor’s neck and secured a 1stRound triangle-armbar submission win. Despite the jaw-dropping upset loss, his resume reads 31-2 and G.O.A.T. candidate.
Overeem holds an impressive 33-11 (1 NC) record and has rattled off eight consecutive victories, all of which ended via devastating finish. The Dutchman was last seen slapping Brett Rogers senseless at “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” this past May and immediately called for “The Last Emperor” after making his long awaited stateside return.
“Fedor,” Overeem said when asked who he’d prefer to face next. “His management declined for him to fight me. Respect for Brett, because he stood up and he wanted to fight me like a man.
“I think now it’s Fedor’s time.”
Oddly, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein implied earlier this week they were looking to complete the final bout on their Strikeforce deal against Werdum. However, he added they are currently mulling over a “lucrative” offer to compete in Japan on New Year’s Eve. Keeping in mind Fedor’s request to face Overeem inside a cage, Dream is the only promotion that has utilized one in Japan.
Both heavyweights have worked with Fighting and Entertainment Group, Dream’s parent company, in the past, so the history is there if they opt to go with the Orient.
Either way, it’s now Overeem’s responsibility to hold Fedor accountable for calling him out. Otherwise, the perception would undoubtedly be that Ubereem is now the one playing dodgeball.