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Overeem Out of Strikeforce Title Fight Thanks to Nagging Street-Fighting Injury

Alistair Overeem
(‘If you see that son of a bitch Gallagher, tell him we need to talk.’)

There’s something to be learned from the cautionary tale of Alistair Overeem, and it’s this: if you’re going to get into a nightclub brawl in between title fights, at least have the sense to hit people with your elbows and not your fists.  Strikeforce officials confirmed today that Overeem will be unable to defend his heavyweight title on August 15 against Fabricio Werdum because the infection to the hand he injured on a bouncer’s face back in May still hasn’t healed. 

This means he’ll miss a second straight fight because of his street fighting antics, and the Strikeforce heavyweight strap that he won back in 2007 and has yet to defend will stay on the shelf…or will it?

Strikeforce’s Mike Afromowitz said Werdum will still be fighting in August, though he wouldn’t go so far as to say who he might face or whether it will be for one of those fun interim titles.  

If we were to engage in irresponsible speculation, however, we’d go ahead and say that Strikeforce will tap Brett Rogers to come in and face Werdum, maybe for some hunk of temporarily meaningful leather and metal, because it’s the only decision that makes any damn sense at all, right? 

Oh, but wait.  Here’s Rogers’ manager, Mike Reilly, to shoot down that idea before it even gets started: "We wouldn’t be interested in taking another short notice fight. We want to fight in October."

That’s what you call looking a gift horse in the mouth, people.  For whatever reason, fate is conspiring to give Brett Rogers a great opportunity.  But fate is not going to keep at it forever.  Eventually it will move on over to Antonio Silva’s house, wipe away his steroid problems with a convenient fire that destroys all the CSAC’s records, and catapult him to unbelievable new heights.

Then where’s “The Grimm” gonna be?  Sitting at home, watching Silva’s new “Bigfoot of Love” reality show on VH1, and wondering why he wasn’t smart enough to capitalize on Overeem’s stupidity when he had the chance.  What a shame.


  1. GetUpAndKill Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 03:27

    Croation Secret Service 2-0 Overeem
  2. Give It Up Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 03:32

    “Bigfoot of Love” reality show on VH1......nice
  3. Levi Jones Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 03:35

    I think Grimm is smart here. Taking short fights over and over is a clear sign that you are ready to be a journeyman. Set him up with a good fight on a reasonable date.
  4. Jay Smith Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 03:47

    I think they're tryin to clean out all the steroids, and they keep comin up dirty on the Walgreens home steroids test.
  5. One Two Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 04:20

    noooooo! that sux ya think rogers would jump at the chance after seeing dos santos get lucky, event just went from one of the best all year to meh.
  6. Old_Bald_and_Irish Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 04:58

    What the.... FUCK! Is it just me or is this Bizzaro-MMA day? Fuck that nut-smashing Overeem. Rogers, I don't blame you one bit for not taking the fight on short notice. It's the smart move. But I would love to see you crush Werdum and walk away with a well deserved interem belt. Then let's see what that fight dodging Overeem has to say. So let me sum up the Bizzaro-MMA day: - Cro cop wants Lesnar? - Randy will be in 2 MMA video games? - Stephen Colbert is an MMA fan? - Henderson is NOT getting his title shot? - Dana STILL can't stop trashing Fedor? - Fedor STILL doesn't care about the UFC? thing you know, you'll tell me Kimo's not dead. LOL!
  7. philibuster Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 06:09

    Da Grim gotta do work on his game before takin on Werdum. Once he got dat jitz, he gonna knock out werdum like Dos Santos.
  8. kwisdumb Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 06:11

    I'd like to see him be stripped of the title, and then a Werdum vs. Rogers fight be set-up to determine the new champion, and then have Allistair get a shot right when he gets back. I think everybody wins in that situation. There should definitely be some kind of rule set-up for vacating a title if it's not defended within a certain time period, rather than interim belts being created.
  9. BackbaconBilly Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 07:23

    strip the unprofessional mother-fucker, if the guy can't stay outta bar room brawls then he has no right being a heavy weight champ...fuck the ball smasher! NEXT!!
  10. mondooh Says:

    Tue, 07/21/09 - 11:31

    Werdum has his number and was ready for this I know it! Ali is 1) Scared and knows Fabricio has his number (because he's done it before and it would be pay back for his buddy Cro Cop) or 2) cant get all juice outta him by medical night, and knows that "It came from the horses I've been eating" excuse wont fly.
  11. TheHuytonHandGrenade Says:

    Wed, 07/22/09 - 04:47

    Is Afromowitz his rap name?
  12. Jeffro Says:

    Wed, 07/22/09 - 05:28

    Jay Smith said it first and probably has it right. You cant fight in Cali if you cant piss clean. It would probably take months to clean out his system.
  13. MMAMoneyLine Says:

    Wed, 07/22/09 - 06:05

    I don't get Rogers. He talks about respect and how people duck him, and then he doesn't want to take a fight on short notice. I like Brett a lot as a fighter, and I think taking a fight against Werdum would be a smart move if it was offered. It is a pretty decent matchup for him.
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