(Great, everybody’s got a belt or two. Big deal.)
The continuing saga of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem gets weirder with each new chapter, and more and more it’s looking like he’s willing to do just about anything but fight in the United States. More proof for that hypothesis comes by way of news that his next MMA fight may be against 8-4 UFC washout Sam Hoger. Inside Fights says the fight has been verbally agreed to by both parties and will take place on an upcoming Shooto event. We can’t help but think that Dream might be the more likely venue since they did make some vague promises recently about getting Overeem into their poorly designed cage later this month.
On his Twitter page Hoger wrote that he “MAY have a date” with Overeem, and implored whoever might be reading that message not to “ruin it for me now.” Unless one of Hoger’s 137 followers is in a management position at an MMA organization we’re not sure exactly how that would be possible, but for Christ’s sakes, if any of you Hoger fans have any pull, now’s the time to exert it. Not only would this fight be a farce, but it might also be the kind of farce that results in Hoger taking his meals through a straw for the next several months.
Hoger also made reference in an earlier tweet to a “potential huge fight in October,” which gives us one more reason to think he might be Overeem’s opponent for Dream.12 on October 25. And since that event is supposed to have something to do with appeasing a wrathful God, maybe Hoger/Overeem is the obligatory human sacrifice portion of those proceedings.
If this all pans out it would mean that Overeem would return to MMA for the first time in nearly a year to take on a mediocre opponent who’s a weight class below him. It would mean that while Strikeforce has the strongest heavyweight division in its history, the champion of said division would rather crush cans in Japan than take a meaningful fight to defend his belt in America. And since Overeem doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’s afraid of a challenge in the cage, it’s hard not to conclude that he’s doing this to avoid those pesky athletic commissions and their silly performance-enhancing drug tests. Come on, you were all thinking it.