(‘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.