In case you didn’t hear, the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event abruptly changed from a spectacular four-title bout fight card to JUST three, but the disconcerting thing is the reason behind it. Strikeforce fans will now pay the price for a fight that took place outside the ring, that they didn’t get to see.
This past May, Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem and his brother, Valentine, were asked to leave an Amsterdam night club. Valentine fell behind Alistair on their way out and 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.
Unfortunately, he injured his hand during the process, which forced him out of a rumored title bout against Brett Rogers at “Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields” last month.
Since receiving word that he was to defend his strap against Fabricio Werdum on August 15th, Overeem did his best to prepare for the 5Round affair, however needed medical treatment for an infection on his injured hand, and 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.
For now, his hiatus from Strikeforce continues and appears to be never ending. At least Overeem can stake claim to being Strikeforce’s longest tenured champion.