Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will be forced to withdraw from his title fight against Fabrico Werdum due to lingering complications with the hand he injured during a bar brawl this past May.
Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed with FanMMA FanHouse that Overeem would not be physically ready to meet the August 15th deadline.
This past May, Alistair and his brother,Valentine, were asked to leave an Amsterdam night club. Valentine fell behind as he was subsequently surrounded by six security guards.
Alistair looked back and saw his brother get hit upside his grill with a flashlight by one of the guards, which forced Alistair to give them the business.
Overeem began training for Werdum after receiving treatment for the infection, but reportedly returned to the hospital on several occasions when problems persisted.
Since defeating Paulo Buentello for the open Strikeforce heavyweight crown in November of 2007, Overeem has not set foot on U.S. soil, let alone a Strikeforce cage.
Following that W, he has been perfect through his last four fights overseas, not including his domination of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Dream.6, which resulted in a ‘No Contest’ due to a couple of illegal groin shots administered by Overeem.
Werdum was recently ousted from the UFC following his 1stRound TKO loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 90 last October. Before that contest, Werdum was thought of as a future contender to the UFC’s heavyweight crown. However, the organization soured on him after the devastating loss.
MMA FanHouse is reporting that Werdum will remain on the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” card, however no opponent has been assigned to meet him inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
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