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Overeem in Talks with the UFC; Cro Cop Looking For a Farewell Fight?

(Photo courtesy of Fight Sport.)

Now that an eventful 2008 is in the books, Alistair Overeem tells that he plans to take a little rest, go on vacation, and maybe even swing on over the Ireland to catch UFC 93 on January 17th.  Lest you think it’s purely a sight-seeing trip, the Dutch fighter says his management team has been in talks with the UFC and Affliction, and Overeem says he’s up for fighting everyone from Fedor Emelianenko to Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.  

After seeing a very bulky Overeem destroy Badr Hari on New Year’s Eve, we can’t deny that we’d like to see him added to the UFC’s heavyweight stable.  Even signing with Affliction would offer him a fresh list of opponents and probably a nice paycheck, though who knows for how long.  But you put a guy like Overeem into the UFC’s heavyweight division and suddenly you have a lot of interesting match-ups on the horizon, and they’d be particularly helpful in the UFC’s European expansion attempts.

Overeem isn’t the only one thinking about stepping into the Octagon, however, as his old rival Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic says he’ll likely retire in 2009, and would like to have one more fight in the UFC before he does.

“I believe that during 2009 I will fight three more times for Dream, then I hope for a farewell fight in the UFC,” Cro Cop told a Croation newspaper.  

Of course, he also said he needs knee surgery, and that it’s been postponed a couple of weeks while he recovers from the flu.  That would mean he’d first have to recover from surgery, fight three times for Dream without re-injuring himself, then sign a one-fight deal in the UFC, all before the end of the year.

We don’t want to say it can’t happen, but it seems a little far-fetched.  Even if he does find his way to the Octagon, Overeem might already be there waiting for him.  Then he could say farewell to his career and his testicles, all in one night.

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Jeremy- January 12, 2009 at 2:30 am
Hmm, Filipovic deserves one more chance in the UFC, even if it's against an under matched opponent. Anyway, this shit about Lesnar being a juicer is ridiculous, I mean c'mon. Look at him when he was in pro-wrestling, then you can say he was juicing. He's significantly smaller than he was when in WWE and in my opinion much more healthy looking than when he was in NJPW.
Surfin Dave- January 5, 2009 at 11:15 am
How Cro-Cop can get a one fight deal with the UFC:

1. Sign five fight deal.
2. Lose first fight really badly.
3. Get cut from UFC.
greenseed- January 3, 2009 at 8:46 pm
LOLOL @ jonny5
wow.. comment of the month at least
Jonny5- January 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm
You ever smash testicles with your knee? Oh yeah? Well you ever smash testicles with your knee on Roids?
cr_trinity- January 3, 2009 at 10:41 am
Cro Cop vs kongo.
cr_trinity- January 3, 2009 at 10:38 am
Now THAT would be an Ultimate Roshambo Contest that one!
Anonymous- January 3, 2009 at 10:29 am
bi amm? Cro-cop you kinky sonuvabitch
Anonymous- January 3, 2009 at 9:09 am
You should start going by the name "MassiveamountsofBullShit!"
Massiveamounts- January 3, 2009 at 8:05 am
For the (November 2007 Strikeforce) bout he came in at 6 ft. 5in. and 224 lbs. while his opponent, Buentello, came in at 6 ft. 2 in. tall and 250 lbs..

For the DREAM 6 bout against Cro Cop, Overeem came in at 241.8 lbs. while his opponent came in at 6 ft. 2 in. and 225.9 lbs.

For the K-1 Dynamite show, Overeem came in at 253.4 lbs. while his opponent did not weigh in (however, for the K-1 Grand Prix, Hari was around the 210 lbs. mark).

Frank- January 3, 2009 at 7:41 am
Come on, Overeem is absolutely juicing. I bet he has acne on his back and nuts the size of raisins, too. I'm reminded of those before and after photos of Mark McGwire: BAM, skinny lil' rookie to hulking behemoth. Hey, I'm not knocking the guy. I used "supplements" when I was young and dumb. They work f**king miracles, but you pay the price later--just ask my prostate. I keep it in a jar nowadays.
Dex- January 3, 2009 at 6:41 am
Overeem obviously eats his veggies. What a good boy.

bold- January 3, 2009 at 6:36 am
overeem here mah pee pee so much bigger den these small asians roid make meh so big aaaggahagagagagahhhaa ( mark colemen) aggggggg
Dmonicideals- January 3, 2009 at 2:28 am
I think there was a bit of a misenterpretation.

What he actually said was "I will fight 3 more times for Dream, if I try to return to the UFC, I will surely be retired."
Massiveamounts- January 2, 2009 at 9:51 pm
WTF is everyone talking about he put 30 pounds on in 6 years...are you guys complete fucking idiots who can't count....he was 223 I think it was against Paul B about a year and a half ago.....he fucking weighed 250 something a year and a half later....with his head doubling in size....wake the fuck up. That dudes roided to the extreme. Oh and the Paul B fight was obviously at HW so don't give me the Lhw boo hoo he was cutting weight bullshit....damn some of you are complete morons or just dumb to what steroids does to the body. Look at the size of his head alone....the dudes face has swollen and puffed up another tale tell sign....he's exhibiting all the signs so why wouldn't you assume he's juicing?
T Rex- January 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm
I think it's funny that Cro Cop believes he can get a One fight deal with the UFC.
Overeem_VS_Congo- January 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm
Overeem would be a great addition to the UFC!!! Put him vs Congo first, so he kick the crap out of him, pls I beg you!!!! Congo needs a ass whoopin..needs to fight someone who can fight. Cro-cop just about lost his life in a previous fight vs Gonzanga,so dont say cro-cop was a challenge..that was not cro cop fighting, it was little scared, insecure cro-cop.

anyhow, off topic...Overeem is a great fighter, and could be a contender right away. Looking forward to him coming, because he will.

Overeem vs congo
Overeem vs congo
Lattimer- January 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm
durrrrrr- January 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm
Gotta love the rednecks who pay for a months membership at a famous gym chain and think they are hard. Allister would eat your coach. It be comical to see what he would do to an internet TUF guy no one has even heard of.

P.s. putting on 25lbs of muscle in 5 years doesn't mean your juicing.
Anonymous- January 2, 2009 at 7:18 pm
fuck u...hed sludge da head of u...he will be a real contnder in da ufc
TUF Guy- January 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm
He should come to Couture Extreme, Lombard IL, so I can break those skinny dutch arms of his
kostellow- January 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm
most important thing is that the guys striking is much better now, he is more confident, and doesnt look like the pussy he was in his old pride days.
if hes really juiced, he can do fights in japan in the first semester while cleaning up, and then, go to the us to fight gonzaga, kongo, lesnar and mir (nobody will be talking about carwin after his ass is kicked by napao)--and i believe the roided nut crusher could do a good job there (cant wait to see lesnar being kicked in the face).
Mikey Gilz- January 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm
I agree it's possible that Overeem isn't juicing. He hasn't put on 30 lbs of muscle in a year. That fight with Liddell was from 2003. That's 6 years of solid weight lifting a man can do. Just ask Lattimer from "The Program"


Massiveamounts- January 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm
I hope Alistair is up to par on his cycling game if he's planning on fighting for the UFC, and I sure the fuck aren't talking about bicycles either. Your head doesn't get bigger when lifting, no way he's put on 30 pds of muscle in a year without help...when you get to be as big as he already was it's hard to put that much weight on period much less in a year. That said he'll be a force in the depleted HW division if he can test clean.
Jugger- January 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm
Alistair has a solid ground game. His weaknesses' have always been his gas tank and his chin. Not having to cut all that weight (to make 205) might've helped with his gas tank, but lugging around all that muscle will probably cancel out any advantage gained. His chin will def. be tested in the UFC. Still, the UFC's HW division needs all the help it can get.

I'm not really certain he's juicing. He may be, but here's the deal: look at his brother; big is in his genes. Once he made the decision to leave the 205 division behind, he could relax and eat and work out without worrying about getting back down. Frankly, even back in the day, I was always astonished he could make 205.

Krazy Pony- January 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Hope Overreem developed a ground game while bulking up, cause those UFC boys are real good at the wrasslin and jitz-shoes.