While most people walking on this side of sanity wouldn’t dare stand opposite Alistair Overeem in a fight, Fedor Emelianenko’s camp claims they welcome a showdown with Strikeforce’s beastly champ in the semifinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.
“We don’t look at Alistair as some dangerous animal that we’re afraid of. If he meets Overeem in the tournament, then he meets Overeem in the tournament,” M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein told Sherdog. “We didn’t do any planning regarding which opponents [Fedor] would fight when considering the deal.”
Although it took endless months of intense negotiations to finally iron out a contract extension, one of Strikeforce’s major selling points to M-1 Global was the capability to arrange Emelianenko vs. Overeem. So if the Dutchmen think the Russians were heading for the snow-covered hills, think again.
“I think Overeem’s manager was insinuating that we did not want to fight Overeem. Clearly, that is not the case. We have no objections in fighting him if they should meet in the next round,” Finkelchtein matter-of-factly stated. “As long as they are fighting in America, we are ready to fight him at any time.”
We’ll let you decided whether Finkelchtein was suggesting they’d only fight ‘Ubereem’ on U.S. soil because of the stricter drug screening policies enforced stateside…
Emelianenko faces Antonio Silva in the opening round of the tourney, while Overeem will be pitted against upset specialist Fabricio Werdum. The superstars will have to dispose of their worthy 1stRound foes in order to make the scrap to end all scraps go down in the SEMIFINALS.