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Alistair Overeem Released by Strikeforce

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That thumping sound you just heard? That’s the other shoe dropping. Inside MMA breaks the awful news:

Sources close to the situation have told Inside MMA that the company [Strikeforce] has exercised its right to eliminate his one remaining fight on his contract, effective July 22nd…Also according to the source, Overeem has been dealing with more serious injuries than originally reported, including a broken toe, and rib and elbow problems…Another issue that Strikeforce officials had regarding Overeem’s participation in the [Heavyweight Grand Prix] tournament is he had only one fight left on his current contract, and he would have had to fight twice to win the grand prix.”

Damn. Did Alistair Overeem really just lose his job because he wouldn’t compete earlier than he was originally asked to? Can’t wait to hear how Zuffa spins this debacle. We’ll update you when we know more…

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danomite- July 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm
the elbow and ribs excuse sounds like complete bullshit. No one mentions them until he was released from strikeforce and he signed up to compete a month after the GP with fractured ribs? C'mon, next you're going to be telling me that he has hypogonadism.
the silver hawaiian- July 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm
Overeem: "I can't compete in the next round of the GP, my toe hurts. Excuse me while I go sign to fight for another organization real quick.

...what? Should I not have done that?"
RearNakedSpoon- July 30, 2011 at 10:48 am
So what high class fighters are left in Strikeforce?

Werdum, ehhh im drawing a blank already. Business as usual apart from being gutted. Bye Bye.
the silver hawaiian- July 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

It's like this: Overeem didn't want to fight. "Ow, my toe...and my rib...and my elbow." Overeem signed up for this tournament, knowing that it's, well, a TOURNAMENT, and you're expected to fight in succession. And now you're CHOOSING not to fight?

The door, it's thataway.

There's this thing in life called the Golden Rule. Those with the gold make the rules. Zuffa doesn't need this shiat. So, g'bye!
Your Dumb- July 30, 2011 at 6:41 am
I don't believe there is any spin necessary for a prima donna fighter who's hype does not match his MMA accomplishments. Must I remind CP Overeem's best win as a heavyweight was against Brett Rogers?

He's just going to end up making himself the heavyweight version of Eddie Alvarez. Talent that can only measure up by the cans it's crushed.
k-onda- July 30, 2011 at 6:36 am
The only thing we know for sure is that we don't know. Zuffa is playing games, like Bas says. Fighters are just fighters and if they are gonna think of business, it's in a self-interested way, has to be. Hence conflicts occur. The previous posters have it right, and that's a shame. Just put the fighters in the ring and stop thinking so damn hard.
Vovchanchyn Check- July 30, 2011 at 5:21 am
i agree w/ bas in that there's gotta be more behind-the-scenes politics we don't know about.

as a fan, i don't care about that shit and i just want to see how good alistair really is. all this does is leave a big question mark on his legacy.

newaza01 hit the nail on the head.
newaza01- July 30, 2011 at 4:44 am
Joedirt- July 30, 2011 at 4:22 am
I'm sure Dana was pissed when the reem couldn't fight for them but one month later could fight for another org.
Shaky- July 30, 2011 at 4:13 am
*athletic exhale*
RaginAsian- July 30, 2011 at 3:40 am
I want to be mad, but all I can see is him getting caught repeatedly by Werdum's punch-punch-flop combo.
driftingmellow- July 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm
I bet you Overeem needed the time off to juice up and Zuffa was catching wind of it.
twoleftfeet- July 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Rwilspn. yes this harms the reem more than the ufc. but it is a shitty way of running a company. and it will and has bite dana in his ass.
Cup Cheick- July 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm
I don't think this is a debacle at all. Why do they need to spin this(Don't think casual fans even give a flying hoot about Uberhorse anyway)?

Fact is he was an employee and didn't do his job as required. Enough with the Zuffa hate too CP.. We get it you are still butt hurt. Change the name to if all you wanna do is bitch.

Has my vision gotten worse or do CAPTCHAs seem to be getting harder to figure the F out?
Todd M- July 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Sorry I gotta agree, this article just seems like more Zuffa bashing. Overeem seems like a risk for any company and I doubt UFC will take him on, I really don't think he could hang with any top 5'ers in the UFC anyway. Glass Chin, Plastic Heart
RwilsonR- July 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm
UFC bound? Not fucking likely.
Overeem thought he was bigger than the biggest game in town. Ask Tito or Randy how that turned out. Years of nothing but wasted time until they realized they were better off being friends with Zuffa than enemies.
"Can’t wait to hear how Zuffa spins this debacle."
Uhhh, no matter how anti-Zuffa you want to be, how can you possibly see this as anything but much worse for Overeem than Zuffa. Effect on Zuffa's business - too small to quanitfy. Effect on Overeem's career - potentially devastating. Japan isn't going to be there to run off to this time. Unless he can somehow work his way into an undeserved boxing match against a Klitschko, Overeem may have just lost what could have been millions of dollars if he could prove he was as good as you guys think he is. All because he thought the GP should take place on his schedule.
slummy- July 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm
1 title defense since winning the title in 2007. Enough said. Dana White is NOT Scott Coker, Alistair.
ccman- July 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Sorry but original gp thoughts were heavy on he would never finish anyway. Overoid can not compete over a length of time in a testing enviroment. Add in random off signed testing he ran for "horse friendlier" country. Zuffa haters spin away (yes you cp writers).
Shifty-Eyed Dog- July 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm
I hope this means Zuffa dropped him completely so he won't be in UFC either. If so....

HAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHA!!! Bye Bye Overeem! Enjoy the minor leagues!

p.s. I love how Cage Potato tries to spin it like Zuffa is the bad guys. Let's face it - Overeem was an overrated can-crusher who refuses to fight actual challenging opponents.
djp1988- July 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm
This time's a little to well with the UFC's new "Horse Meat Win Bonus" policy.
cwr- July 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm
UFC bound?