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Alistair Overeem Explains That Strikeforce Is His Lowest Priority Right Now


(Overeem’s last Strikeforce appearance, vs. Paul Buentello on 11/16/07.)

It’s no secret that Alistair Overeem isn’t exactly eager to come back to the U.S. to defend the Strikeforce heavyweight title that he won and then absconded to Europe with almost two years ago, but hey, maybe Brett Rogers’ recent shucking and ducking accusations might be enough to get him to consider putting that belt up for grabs again, right?  Wrong, sucka.  Very, very wrong.  Not only is Overeem not even going to respond to Rogers (sounds like someone else we know), he lets us all know straight up that fighting in Strikeforce is at the very bottom of his to-do list right now: 

During the press conference you said you will not comment on Brett Rogers words, but I need to ask again. This doesn’t bother you? Him talking the smack on the internet about you and how you’re not defending your Strikeforce title? 

I will not comment on this, I am very busy with K-1 right now, with all the fight I have there. When there will be time to meet in the ring he will see. For now, I will not comment. I am very busy these days, i have a fight in Glory, then in DREAM.12 and after that I’ll fight in the K-1 Finals so I am very busy with training and fighting and I don’t have time for this bullshit.

First of all, if you have time to give interviews where you talk about how you’re not going to talk about something, then you have time to issue a response.  I mean, if you really wanted to.  Second, and most importantly, Overeem’s list of upcoming engagements makes it very clear that Strikeforce is the least important obligation on his dance card, which ought to be just plain embarrassing for Scott Coker and the boys.  Like cleaning out the garage, he keeps saying he’ll get to it eventually.  And yet he makes no movement whatsoever to put his shoes on and get to work.

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thenutman69321- October 14, 2009 at 9:11 am
No question, it's the juice. You can instantly see just by looking at him compared to his last strikeforce fight, he's roided out
ScrambledEggs- October 14, 2009 at 8:36 am
Right Lonny, because Overeem has never fought in the U.S. before and what other fighter in history has mover up a weight class and put on weight?
ScrambledEggs- October 14, 2009 at 8:36 am
Right Lonny, because Overeem has never fought in the U.S. before and what other fighter in his tory has mover up a weight class and put on weight?
Lonny- October 14, 2009 at 6:37 am
I think he is afraid to fight in U.S. because he is on the juice! Remember when Overeem swelled up bigger than a dog tick ?? He used to fight at 205 ! Now look at him.
cliffjitsu- October 13, 2009 at 11:23 pm
This is just like when you break up with a girl and you want to be gentle on them so you tell them you're with family for the next month or you break your hand in a street fight to give you the excuse not to see her and give her the hint that you're not interested. Then, people start talking shit and you have to go publicly set the record straight. The real victim here is Overeem.
LAS- October 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm
Why does every story on Overeem you guys run neglect to mention that it's only in the last three months that Strikeforce has actually signed HWs for him to defend against? Overeem spends 20 months lending his credibility to Strikeforce as their HW champ, despite their inability to give him any fights, and when he starts getting called out by a fat tire-changer, he's supposed to abandon a lucrative gig with K-1 to do so, to preserve the honor of his title or some bullshit?

I usually admire CP's ability to cut through the topicality of discourses like 'Overeem is just scared of failing a drug test!!!!!11LOL!" You guys are dead wrong here.
Lateral Drop- October 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm
Allistair is too busy coming out of retirement and playing linebacker for the Patriots, am I right? Anyone?






...Because he looks like Junior Seau
ScrambledEggs- October 13, 2009 at 7:04 pm
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ScrambledEggs- October 13, 2009 at 7:04 pm
AussieJosh Fuck you motherfucker. How dare you reply to my post you fucking fat cocksucker.
AussieJosh- October 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm
ScrambledEggs your a cock sucking fag!

If overeem does not want to defend his belt with in the next three months it should be taken from him and his contract should be shredded!
He will not be able to fight in the UFC cause he is on the juice! and he is not good enough to hold a tital in the UFC!
ScrambledEggs- October 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Why the fuck are people so concerned with Overeem fighting in Strikeforce right now?

He didn't fight in Strikeforce for all of 2008 and I don't remember a single fucking mma blog or website so irate about it now all of a sudden you douches give a shit about Overeem. GTFO!
You people just want to bitch about something.
Mex- October 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm
There needs to be an MMA org without belts. Internal ranking system would obviously determine who fights who (and would be visible to the public) but to hell with belts. Maybe once a year they'll do a Pride style grand prix. Someone can win a belt from one of those making them much more prestigious, and they don't require defending. Waiting for numbnuts like Allison Ovarym, Rashad, Mir, etc to deal with their roids/injury/ducking issues makes the belts even more worthless if they're barely ever up for grabs.
Da Spied Her- October 13, 2009 at 5:35 pm
Couldn't they have a fight for, say, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion of the Galaxy? That way Overeem's belt for Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion of the World seems kind of puny in comparison.
agentsmith- October 13, 2009 at 5:02 pm
I think the awful truth is that Strikeforce can't afford to make another belt, so they'd really really appreciate it if Overeem would bring it back.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- October 13, 2009 at 4:55 pm
This is just ridiculous...


ENOUGH ALREADY!


SCOTT COKER! Yeah, YOU!

...put down those goddamn doughnuts and LISTEN TO ME!

S-T-R-I-P O-V-E-R-E-E-M O-F T-H-E B-E-L-T!

NOOOOOOOW!

If Strikeforce wants to hold onto any legitamcy as a world class MMA organization, then stop playing footsie with Allister and take the belt away and put it up for grabs with Fedor and Rogers.

Obviously, Overeem couldn't give a damn. And if you strip him of the belt, he still won't give a damn.


SO JUST DO IT ALREADY!


....and then you can go back to eating your doughnuts.

P.S. - I luv you Coker.
J Akuma- October 13, 2009 at 4:49 pm
Just return the belt, Captain Roidboy.
One Two- October 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm
I don't care its cool hes in the k-1 grand prix and taking a couple fights over seas i don't want to see him fight werdum, silva or Rogers just eliminates a valid contender for fedor. after fedor beats all three let em fight amongst themselves, then sign barnett to fight fedor and build up the werdum/Silva loser up for a match w fedor. then fedor can retire as the greatest MMA fighter ever to live since nog will beat lesnar and that whole "he has to fight lesnar" idea will dissapear.
agentsmith- October 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm
Just strip the fucking title from him already, what's the big problem? If and when he ever does come back, you can have him fight the current champ at that time, and then it's already got a built-in promotional angle. Win-win.

I don't get why Strikeforce is letting him fuck them around like this. My only guess is that the idiots wrote the contract(s) so that there is no time limit to defend the belt, etc, etc, so they technically can't legally yank his title... which would explain why they had to ASK Cung Le to pretty-please vacate his belt. But so what? I kinda doubt Overeem is going to sue them for it.
Jugger- October 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm
I love when promotions brag that they are "about the fighters," and that they don't make them sign exclusive contracts. And this something like this happens. Just more proof that as irritating as the UFC can be at times, they're doing it right.
jimbonics- October 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm
I agree Strikeforce is bullshit.
superflat- October 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm
We all know what Al's ducking. Steroids. Also, San Jose. That city sucks.
GetUpAndKill- October 13, 2009 at 3:36 pm
I think Buentello is in deep against Duffee at 107
Josh-O Slicenett- October 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm
My Baloney has a first name

It's F-E-D-O-R

My baloney has a second name

It's R-O-G-E-R(S)

I like to sing it every day

And if you ask me why I'll say

Alistair Overeem, has a way with D-U-C-K-I-N-G
HeHateMe- October 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Well.....he is a bad ass.
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