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Alistair Overeem Unfazed by Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Brackets

Written by Tom Ngo
January 11th, 2011
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem goes about life with an aloof attitude. That’s why the heavyweight champion wasn’t trippin’ when he perused Strikeforce’s Grand Prix brackets and noticed his potential semifinal opponent could be Fedor Emelianenko.

“I’m a little surprised, and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight,” Overeem told MMAJunkie. “I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it.”

Whether Strikeforce brass picked the eight contestants’ names out of a hat to determine the seeding is unknown. Regardless, ‘Ubereem’ is thrilled with his opening round matchup against MMA’s ultimate upset specialist.

“I have been looking for a big fight for more than a year now. Tournament or no tournament, [Fabricio] Werdum was going to be my first [2011] fight in Strikeforce,” Overeem stated. “All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights.”

Overeem holds an impressive 33-11 (1 NC) resume and dons both the Strikeforce and Dream belts. Because most of his magic has been performed overseas, stateside fans aren’t too familiar with the Dutchman’s dominant game.

That’s another reason why the 30-year-old can’t wait to get the tourney cracking.

“I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce,” Overeem expressed. “Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans, but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world.”

Overeem’s quarterfinals showdown with Werdum is rumored to go down in April.

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