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Oh, Jesus Christ Alert: Fedor, Overeem Officially Acting Like Third Grade Girls


(Fight Fedor? He’s got a thing that night. PicProps: K-1)

After months of Alistair Overeem publicly blaming M-1 Global for keeping him from fighting Fedor Emelianenko, the “Last Emperor” finally came out this week and said he would fight Overeem by the end of the year. Great news, right? Well, it would be, except that Overeem now says he doesn’t want to fight Fedor. At least not until the former consensus No.1-ranked heavyweight gets back on the winning track. Instead, Overeem says he’ll compete in K-1′s 2010 Grand Prix, which could keep him tied up from October to December.

That faint crashing sound you just heard was us throwing our favorite coffee mug – the “I Love Iowa” one we got in grad school – against the wall.


“They already declined to fight me," an incredulous Overeem told MMAjunkie.com yesterday. "They know I’m not going to accept (a fight with Emelianenko right now) … Now, all of a sudden, they’ve dropped their terms. Now, they do want to fight me. It’s all tricks, and I don’t feel pressured by it at all."

Overeem claimed his plan all along was to fight the winner of Emelianenko’s June fight with Fabricio Werdum. After Werdum unexpectedly caught Fedor in a triangle choke, the Strikeforce champ said he set his heart on a bout with the suddenly potent Brazilian submission ace. But with Werdum now out tending to an injured elbow, Overeem has made other plans. Kickboxing plans. Plans that can’t be changed, apparently.

"For now, I’m in the tournament,” Overeem said. “I want to fight Fedor. I’m not negative about that fight, but I do believe he needs to win … because when I fight Fedor, I’m sure it’s going to be a title fight and I already fought Brett (Rogers when) he came off a loss. I don’t want to keep doing that. Werdum was a legitimate winner from the fight (with Emelianenko). He’s the No. 2 of Strikeforce, so I believe I should fight Werdum. If he’s still injured (in 2011), then I’ll fight Fedor because he’s still a worthy opponent, and I’ve challenged him for a year."

Overeem said if and when the fight does happen, he won’t be opposed to drug testing. In fact – while pointing out he’s never failed a commission-administered test – Overeem said he doesn’t even oppose more stringent, Olympic-style regulation, as long as it applies to MMA fighters across the board, not just ones who suddenly look like overgrown action figures. (Ed note: I added that last part).

The champion reiterated that he has no personal beef with Fedor, but still doesn’t like M-1 Global, whose representatives he referred to as “the Russians.”

“I mean, Fedor is a nice guy,” Overeem said. “I know Fedor personally from the Pride days, and we even worked out a couple of times together. He came down to Holland. He was a nice, humble guy. Nothing bad to be said about him. But the management – ugh. They’re just hard people to deal with. Ask (UFC president) Dana White. Ask (Strikeforce CEO) Scott Coker. They don’t like to deal with the Russians."

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joshuan29- September 2, 2010 at 9:06 am
I don't know what the comotion is about. Fedor is going to smash Werdum much the same way that GSP smashed Serra in their 2nd fight, or the way Lesnar smashed Mir in their rematch. We pretty much now the outcome of their rematch so....

Uberoid might as well fight Fedor. At this point in Fedor's career, it is actually feasable that Reem might win. If he does beat Fedor, he might as well go to the UFC and kick Brock Lesnars ass too. Lesnar would not be able to lay on top of Overeem, which is the only way he could beat him, and if it stays standing Lesnar would get his head kicked into the crowd, circa Cro-Cop 2005.

Overeem has strength to spare, great striking, and good submissions. Can you imagine Brock shooting in for a double leg only to get caught be Reems patented Guillotine? I can..



fatbellyfrank- August 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm
What Steampunk said, he just comes across as a decent guy, I think it's about time Overeem's people contacted Lesnar's people, I mean if "The Russians" are out of the picture should be a piece of cake to set this one up, right?

Also, how could anyone hate Marloes Boyfriend?
DazedNConfused- August 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Olympic style testing it can detected I believe (HGH).

Looking from Overeems point of view I totally agree with him. K-1 may not be around forever, and since Werdum is out for the year he has decided to go and try and win a K-1 Championship. Which is quite tough to do as well, not like he's backing out of tough fights.

From a fans point of view i'd like to see Overeem, Fedor. I cant lie about that. It'd be a great fight. I think Overeem could handle his own with anyone in the UFC, and well Fedor as well. Although I believe his time is drawing near. As much as it blows to say.
The Oracle of MMA- August 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Drug testing: Why do fighters even mention this? It's obvious that the majority of them take performance enhancing drugs then clean up to pass a test. And the best one out there, HGH, can't even be reliably detected.
Boss Rutten- August 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm
Overeem is right about everything, it makes no sense for him to fight Fedor, even though it would be the best fight out there for him. Overeem said himself that his goal is to be the first person to hold both K1 and MMA heavyweight belts at the same time, so obviously hes going to do the K1 tourney.

Fedors management are pulling a Mayweather and trying to make it look like Overeems fault.

Mr_Misanthropy- August 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm
I like watching Fedor smash people just as much as the next guy but at this stage in the game I'm having a hard time keeping the funk alive. My interest is predicated upon the destruction of opponents and when multiple years pass without much ultraviolence of note I end up having to go elsewhere to get my fix. If Fedor was really serious about fighting or maintaining a legacy, we would see him competing somewhere. I hope he proves me wrong and I'm not going to turn into a butt-hurt hater, but he certainly appears to be about 75% retired for all practical intents and purposes.

MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE EXPRESSED MYSELF IN CAP LOCKS SO PEOPLE WOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO ME. I'M SO LONELY-SO LONELY- JUST A CIPHER IN THE SNOW WITH A CAPS LOCK BUTTON. GUYS? GUYS? WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!...I'VE GOT MORE OPINIONS! GUYS!?!
RwilsonR- August 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm
I think Turd is right. I have no argument that Fedor has accomplished more than any HW ever, and he was the best of his time. But he has always had a very carefully managed career, and it is especially so today. I don't think he would do very well against some of this generation of monsters in the UFC HW division, and possibly not very well against Overeem, either (though I don't think Overeem would fair particularly well against some of the big wrestlers in the UFC, either).

I think that is why even before the Werdum loss, I didn't consider Fedor to be on the same level as other current PFP top fighters like GSP and Anderson. GSP and Anderson have been around the sport nearly as long as Fedor, and dehtroned significant champions to earn their titles. GSP beat Hughes and Penn, and Anderson beat Franklin and Henderson. They beat the best in that generation of fighters. But each has also continued to destroy the next generation of top prospects as they come forward, and in doing so, the two of them (and to a lesser extent, BJ belongs in the same discussion) have defined this current generation of MMA fighter.

Fedor not only did not beat every major challenge to his belt during his time, but has failed to take on any of the new generation of heavyweights out there now. He was an amazing talent, but I think his time at the top has come and gone. He is overrated because he has not kept up.
Fried Taco- August 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm
What kind of third grade girls do you hang out with? Not even once did he mention Justin Beaver!
myklhoey- August 27, 2010 at 11:52 am
theres a reason that GSP, SILVA, BJ PENN, WERDUM, BIG NOG CRO-COP RAMPAGE AND A HOST OF OTHA ELITE MMA FIGHTERS SAY FEDOR IS THE BEST, WE ARE FANS BUT THEY COMPETE, THEY NO THINGS WE DONT AND YET MOST AGREE FEDOR IS NOT OVERRATED AND IS THE BEST BAR NONE, HE SO-POSSIBLY IS OVERRATED CAUSE MMA HAS HAD A HUGE EXPLOSTION IN AMERICA OVA THE LAST 4 YEARS,AND MOST FANS ARE NEW, THEY ARE STILL IN DIPERS WHEN IT COMES TO THIS SPORT, BUT ANYONES WHO FOLLOWED IT FOR ANY TIME HAS RECONZIED HIM AS BEIN THE BEST FOR QUITE SOME TIME. HE WOULD SMOKE OVERREEM, AND CARWIN AND LESNER AND COULTURE AND MIR AND WHO EVER ELSE THEY PUT HIM UP AGAINST, WE ALL NO THE FEDOR WHO LOST WAS NOT THE SAME WE HAVE SEEN OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS, WHO NOES WAT HE WAS GOIN THREW PERSONALLY, PLUS HE JUS MAY HAV BEEN OVER CONFIDENT, THE DUDE IS A MACHINE, AND JUST CASUE M-1 SUKS THAT SHOULDNT OVER SHADOW HOW GREAT THIS GUY IS, YOUTUBE FADOR BRUTAL ITS FREAKIN SIK.
Randle McMurphy- August 27, 2010 at 11:49 am
Fedor's management doesn't want to fight Ubereem. They have Holland contacts and know he is mid cycle and cant fight now or anytime soon in the states without the possibility of getting popped, so they call him out without the risk of actually having to fight him. The Ruskies are clever. Obviously this is an abbreviated analysis but i think its enough information for this group to digest in one sitting.
Turd Furgeson- August 27, 2010 at 11:20 am
I'm not saying Fedor is over rated, but a lot of people think he's better than he actually is. I think he and his buddies from M-1 are smart for keeping him out of the cage with Overeem. Overeem is a tenacious beast of the most vicious variety who wouldn't have a problem with most of the hws on this planet.
IMO he could easily hold the UFC heavyweight belt.
ghostboner- August 27, 2010 at 11:11 am
I really hope he doesn't do the 2 year sabbatical from mma again. I like watching hiim in K1, but I think there are some really good fights for him in mma. Especially if he was to sign with the UFC.
ghostboner- August 27, 2010 at 11:08 am
Overeem is spot on. He said that he would have fought Fedor if they hadn't waited until he already committed to the K1 tourney. Sounds like Fedor's management is doing what they usually do, making ridiculous requests and then acting like it is everyone else's fault when things don't happen. And obviously the RoidReemer was expecting to fight the winner of Fedor and Werdum, because everyone expected Fedor to win.
Fedor Penn- August 27, 2010 at 11:04 am
Fight in Dream motherfuckers!
flyingogoplata- August 27, 2010 at 11:02 am
Okay, clearly Alice Underoos is just dodging the Holy Sweater. Let's get this on boys!
steampunk22- August 27, 2010 at 10:57 am
I like Overeem.

Dude has seriously improved his credibility and presence Stateside since (and as a direct result of the promo work) the Rogers fight.
hooligun- August 27, 2010 at 10:43 am
Fair point - they are sooo far from the credibility level of UFC they may just as well put on this kind of exhibition match the fans want to see. When all is said and done this fight can only be good for SF.
Thanks EFB
El Famous Burrito- August 27, 2010 at 10:35 am
In a normal situation, yes, Werdum should fight Overeem.

But this is Strikeforce. They've already laid the groundwork for whatever fights they want to see.

Fuck making sense. Just put Fedor vs. Overeem together. It's the only good fight left for Fedor that actually has a chance of ever happening.
hooligun- August 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
You know who else lives down the road from me? Bruce Buffer bitches! Bruce likes to walk around in his UFC shirt...... oh well, it makes me smile when I see him.
Werdum drives an IS350 and he nearly ran me down a few days ago as I was crossing the road.
Just to wrap this story up - Wesley Snipes lives up the street also.
Ok, done, thanks.
hooligun- August 27, 2010 at 10:30 am
Obviously we all would like to see Ubereem vs Fedor but clearly Verduum (who lives down the road from me) is the #1 contender and that is that.............................
TheLoveAbove- August 27, 2010 at 10:28 am
Are you all retarded? why would Overeem want to fight someone who just lost? Fedor knocks out Rogers.. Rogers get a title shot because Fedor didnt want in. Werdum chokes out Fedor and you all want Fedor to get a title shot? Thats rediculous. Have Fedor fight Big foot to see who the next #1 contender is after Overeem fights Werdum.
shadowbox- August 27, 2010 at 10:13 am
I don't blame overseem.they didn't want to fight him before because it was a dangerous fight. Now that fedor has lost now they want to fight overeem to get some cred back, whereas for overeem now he has more to lose if he does lose to a fedor who's coming off a loss.the win won't mean as much because verdum took that trophy
RwilsonR- August 27, 2010 at 10:03 am
It really is almost painful to say this, but Overeem makes pretty good points on just about everything he discussed.

He should be fighting Werdum if he is the champion. If he wants to fight in the GP while Werdum heals up, that actually makes a bit of sense, because at least he is active. If Werdum isn't healthy by next year, then fighting Fedor does make sense. Fedor's management is hard to deal with. He should be drug tested... over and over again.

Those are hard to argue with. The problem is that we all know Overeem may just take another two year hiatus from defending his SF belt, and that he isn't serious about fighting Fedor, and really only wants to be drug tested when he has had enough time to cycle off.

But if you take him at his word, he makes a lot of sense in that interview.
El Famous Burrito- August 27, 2010 at 9:58 am
You two kids are sullying the great name of Strikeforce with your antics!

Now shake hands, get in the cage, and BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER!
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