Although Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is supposed to be the one calling the shots for the UFC’s little brother, MMAJunkie went directly to MMA’s ultimate shot caller regarding the future of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. According to UFC president Dana White, Overeem is simply injured and unable to meet the hard deadline Showtime set for the Heavyweight Grand Prix to resume.
“September 10th was the date Showtime wants us to go, so it’s the date we’ve got to go,” White said Monday evening. “It’s unfortunate that Alistair is unavailable, but situations like this are why there are alternates in the tournament.”
Overeem appeared as a guest on The MMA Hour Monday morning and revealed his continued participation in the tournament was in limbo after Strikeforce brass insisted he take the September semifinals fight against Antonio Silva. The 31-year-old has a few minor nicks and felt an October return was more appropriate.
He claimed Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and Strikeforce, threatened to replace him if he couldn’t answer the bell, but the chiseled 265-pounder believed they wouldn’t pull the trigger when push came to shove.
Well, the company called his bluff by eliminated him in favor of alternate Daniel Cormier.
As soon as word broke regarding “The Demolition Man’s” abrupt exit from the tourney, some believed Overeem propelled himself into White’s doghouse and possibly put his future with the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization in jeopardy.
“Overeem is under contract, and when his pinky toe heals up, we’ll get him another fight,” White shared.
According to the trusty rumor mill, Overeem has one bout remaining on his Strikeforce deal. This morning, the controversial slugger said “my current contract allows me to fight another sport,” and that’s why he is pursuing a boxing match with the Klitschko brothers.
Overeem is adamant over coming back in October. It will be up to his management to wheel-and-deal for either a kickboxing, boxing or MMA match.