United Glory announced today that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is slated to compete in its next event scheduled for October in Moscow, Russia.
According to the poster for the event, “The Reem” will be joined by fellow Golden Glory fighters Sergei Kharitonov and Siyar Bahadurzada on the card.
Some might think that the move by Overeem, who was removed from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix after refusing to compete in the second round of the tournament a month earlier than he was originally slated to do so, may have been done for leverage in negotiating his next deal with the Zuffa-owned organization. According to his longtime trainer Martijn de Jong, who first confirmed his fighter’s inclusion on the Glory card with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, that is not the case and an opponent for “The Demolition Man” who will compete in the MMA portion of the show, will be named soon.
His current agreement was to conclude at the end of the GP, however it’s unclear whether or not he is still under contract with Strikeforce since he is no longer in the tournament.
Overeem, who, like Nick Diaz recently stated that he may make the transition to boxing if he continues to feel disrespected by Strikeforce and UFC ‘s parent company, told Helwani during last week’s episode of the MMA Hour that he would be fighting in October regardless of whether or not it was under the Zuffa umbrella. It appears he wasn’t kidding.
It will be interesting to see how this develops.