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Overeem ‘Surprised’ Strikeforce Made Such Lopsided Tournament Brackets

(Would you believe that this photo was taken just two years ago before Alistair discovered the benefits of horse meat?)

When Strikeforce announced that heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem would be fighting Fabricio Werdum in the quarter finals of its heavyweight grand prix and that the winner would be facing Fedor Emelianenko in the semi-finals, the news raised more than a few eyebrows.

According to "The Reem," even he was a bit taken aback by the San Jose, California-based promotion’s decision to eliminate three heavily-anticipated potential final round match-ups so early in the tournament, but he says that it’s not his job to question the decision of his employer and that he’ll fight whomever Strikeforce puts in front of him.

"I have been looking for a big fight for more than a year now. Tournament or no tournament, Werdum was going to be my first fight in Strikeforce [in 2011]. All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights," he explained to MMAJunkie. "I’m a little surprised [that our bracket has myself, Fedor and Fabricio in it], and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight. I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it."

The Dutch fighter says that, besides the potential three bouts he could end up fighting in the Strikeforce tournament, he is planning to defend his DREAM interim title belt and to fight for K-1 as many times as possible this year.

"When my schedule allows it, I will always try to find more fights. I’m a active fighter, so I will never say no to a fight if my management can make the fight,: Overeem says. "I’m focusing on one fight at a time, and my management will talk to the promoter and see when we are ready to fight in Japan."

Although Overeem says that his goal for 2011 is to fight and win as many times as possible, his priority is to win the Strikeforce tournament to shut up his detractors who have been calling "The Demolition Man" a "can crusher."
"[If I win the grand prix] I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce, he explains. "Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world." 

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Loretta Cunt- January 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm
the reem only has 2 fights left on his sf contract. josh will ground and decision his whole bracket of mediocre strikers then a mediocre alternate will meet josh in the final, lets just hope it's valintijn because we won.t get alistar vs josh
BoGuS- January 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Overeem's hair leaves a bit to be desired. Perhaps he could get a a few tips from Fabricio on how to train his bangs?
cecils_pupils- January 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm
I always tell the truth... even when I lie.
danomite- January 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Damnit! now everybody knows I've never seen Scarface
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm
i had same thought but it was "after Coker justifying Cyborg being in the tournament" while ramming his personal stash of twinkies down his/her throat while on the weigh in scale.

Change prediction..... Cyborg wins GP with a hormone test showing a perfect balance between male and female hormones present in her nut sack.
Lysol- January 10, 2011 at 11:48 am
Rampages Conscience Says:
Mon, 01/10/2011 - 08:52
After several injuries, contract disputes, and replacements... Josh Barnett will win this tournament in 2013. You heard it here first.

Bold prediction about this tournament actually getting finished through contract disputes, winners going to the UFC, injuries and Coker justifying why Hershell Walker and Jonathon Ivey deserve to be in the tournament
MoonBelly- January 10, 2011 at 11:18 am
@danomite - fail!
It's a Scarface quote. Good pull tats!
sixthsense- January 10, 2011 at 11:17 am
gotta love Overeem's attitude. The guy's a class act for sure.
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 11:12 am
WOW, how do you not get this.

SF wants Reem to have to climb a mountain (well a strikeforce ant hill) to keep the belt since he will not defend it ... like ever, and no one expects him to not jump ship eventually anyway. putting him against fedor would be to obvious, Barnett is a question mark no matter how much they try to sell it, and werdum has beaten him... granted pre-50 pounds of horse hormones (suuuurrreee it was in the meat)... otherwise the rest are fodder and we all know it. any one else wins a fight out side the AA fight and its a huge upset and we know this too.

UFC does not want anyone else in the tournment... literally (Nope, not even Fedor anymore), Fedor is inked and guarantee was before brackets were made or at least was a done deal for 2 fights after this, Werdum is not getting snatched up by the UFc even with a 20 fight win streak, and well Barett has become a a comic strip... no way DW is touching that even with a shrunk nutz prescription.

this is designed to make overoid lose the belt before he jumps ship. And we all know how this works out for coker, historically.

Buff Frank Mir- January 10, 2011 at 10:45 am
I put my money on Horse Meat to win it all. The only other consideration is Barnett in my opinion. The funny thing is that they are the two Roid users. Im pulling for AA but don't think he will focus enough to get out of the first round match up :(
danomite- January 10, 2011 at 10:41 am
I'm listening to Coker on MMA hour right now and he sounds like a nice guy. I still haven't heard an explanation of why they can't have all 4 quarterfinal fights on the same night, though. He said the GP should be over by October though. I'm taking the over on that if we're taking bets.
danomite- January 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

I think you're doing it wrong
Tats- January 10, 2011 at 10:13 am
How'd he get that scar? Eatin pussy?
rearnakedchickenchoke- January 10, 2011 at 9:51 am
I actually think the brackets are well designed, regardless of whether SF can make it happen or not. I don't look at is as a tournament as much as a roadmap. It's not a championship where you have to have the belt or winnner in the middle. The belt is on the line already, so why would you give the guys on the other side of the bracket shots at the belt so early (potentially more can-crushing)? I would love to see the belt on the line in all of these fights and the "contender" side of the bracket only sends one guy for the title shot after the prior two title fights happen. Sort of like watching the UFC's HW division pan out as Velasquez and JDS (and Nelson) were lining up for a shot at Brock's belt. It just wasn't put into bracket format and planned out like that, probably because it's hard to foresee what might happen.
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 10, 2011 at 9:41 am
I don't view it as a tournament at all. There really isn't a winner's prize that I know of. It looks like they just set their HW fight schedule in advance.
Mechanicjitsu- January 10, 2011 at 9:41 am
He passed an Oly style test for Rogers I believe. Rogers' camp really was insistent on that. It's a lot easier than people think to pass an Oly test and still juice.
DARKHORSE06- January 10, 2011 at 9:25 am
I dont think Reem-job (get it?) will even get to fight since he will have to pass a piss test.
Dagnut- January 10, 2011 at 9:15 am
I don't see how people can slate him for not fighting for the UFC...he has the potential to hold 3 different world titles...those titles might not mean much to you but as he said he's an active many times will he fight as UFC champ...3 a year max?
Good luck to him I say he keeps his profile up by fighting in different events... I for one Am looking forward to this tournament..if it happens
destinationblood- January 10, 2011 at 9:15 am
super smart how they set up their matter what you get to see matches you wanted to see with atleast one favorite def making it to the finals(hopefully)......who would want all the favorites to lose in the first round and end up with a silva vs. rogers final..ugh which can still happen...wutevs, still think its cool
Fried Taco- January 10, 2011 at 8:55 am
The look on Lil Reem says "Someday I'm going to be big enough to kick the crap out of those bullies!"
Negativecreep0- January 10, 2011 at 8:53 am
overeem looks like he is one of the Beatley Boys from Ducktales.... same hairline and facial features...... always after scrooge mcducks coins......... which by the way baffled me even as a child... how can he swim in what appeared to be mountains of coins?
Rampages Conscience- January 10, 2011 at 8:52 am
After several injuries, contract disputes, and replacements... Josh Barnett will win this tournament in 2013. You heard it here first.
Sudos KFC- January 10, 2011 at 8:50 am
you's alot harder than you think finding the nutritional facts of horse meat online...especially if you don't speak japanese or korean.