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Is Strikeforce Going to Get Screwed Out of Overeem-Fedor?

(Overeem, pictured here shortly after eating the 2003 version of himself.)

After winning his second meaningless fight via standing guillotine choke in as many weekends, Alistair Overeem voiced his desire to fight Fedor Emelianenko in April of 2010.  Beyond just the specificity of that request, what’s interesting is that he followed up by saying that if he had his choice he’d rather do the fight in Dream than in Strikeforce.  Not surprisingly, Dream’s Keiichi Sasahara would prefer that too, saying, “I’ll do what I can to make that happen in the near future.”

Wouldn’t that just be a kick in the pills for Scott Coker and his crew?  They go to all this trouble to sign and then promote Fedor through their CBS connections, and they spend over two years waiting for Overeem to come back and defend his heavyweight title, and then Strikeforce’s new partner threatens to swoop in and steal the fight. 

The hell of it is, Overeem/Fedor might turn out to be a much bigger fight in Japan than in the U.S.  Emelianenko still isn’t a proven draw here, while Japanese fans would pay to watch him fight a meatball sub (especially if it happens to be New Year’s Eve).  Overeem’s recent dalliances in K-1 and Dream have led to a ton of exposure in Japan, while American fans would likely have to see an all new series of vague promotional videos to know what a big deal he is.  After all, the guy hasn’t fought on U.S. soil since 2007.  It’s not as if your average American sports fan spends a lot of time on Dutch MMA forums.

At the same time, unless they get a ton of money to give up the fight to their buddies in Dream, this would be a colossal screw job for Strikeforce.  They’re the ones spending the time and effort building up Fedor-awareness in the states, and they’re the ones who’ve been patiently waiting for their prodigal champion to return.  Even if their fans might not go quite as apeshit as Dream’s for this bout, it just doesn’t seem right for them to lose it now that it’s finally within sight.

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gracie_nuthugger- October 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

>Does anyone really believe Overeem has the slightest intention of >fighting in the United States again?

No, most fans know that Overeem's bulky appearance has more to do with his refusal to fight here than anything else but its more convenient to overlook that fact.

Douchey blog writers can make it seem like its a total surprise to Strikeforce that Overeem refuses to fight in the US which helps them shit both on Strikeforce and DREAM (because everything from Japan has to be crap) in one fell swoop and hint at maybe friction between both org.

The Dona nutsack lickers can then boast how their favorite organization is so much smarter because it doesnt allow its fighters any such things and the usually verbal diarhea they come up with to make themselves feel good about their choice of logos.

Im pretty sure that the eventuallity of a Overeem/Fedor fight happening in Japan vs in the US has been discussed both within Strikeforce and with both organizations. They have multiple scenarios already envisioned and they arent stupid towards the possibility of seeing Overeem fight in the US.

But then it wouldnt make for a good story when farting out innuendos gets you so much mileage.

If you ran a poll asking who believed that Overeem would ever fight in the US, 75% would say no. (the other 25% would be MMA 'fans' who never heard of MMA outside the UFC).
Jarekov The Great- October 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm
strike force sucks anyway so i dont give a shit. And for all the shit DW gets this should serve as a example of why he works things the way he does.
ReDx- October 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Rothwell beat Big Country.
Levi Jones- October 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Ok, all of you that said co-promotion would be good for Strikeforce, raise your hands. I've got some "I told you so's" to hand out.
ijustcreatedanaccounttocrackwise- October 27, 2009 at 11:09 am
The meatball sub has a puncher's chance against fedor in the early minutes of the first round, but any longer and it'll gas and get koed or go to the ground for a five-second rule submission.
ksgbobo- October 27, 2009 at 11:06 am
I pretty much agree with others here. Its because of his steroid abuse. He will get popped here if he fights. Shit wont happen in Japan. Why leave a place where you are allowed to do certain things that are illegal in another country that you enjoy?
EDoggFunkMonk- October 27, 2009 at 11:00 am
Sounds like Alistair is ducking the Athletic Associations and not Strike Force. He either needs to learn how to cycle like everyone else or stop juicing and go down to Welterweight.
superflat- October 27, 2009 at 10:48 am
What Overeem hasn't accounted for is Fedor's ability to use his pasty skin as camouflage against the "White Cage."
Dexter- October 27, 2009 at 10:42 am
yeah thats why DW gives us weak ass ppv cards
i mean neer/taibu
and can they stop serving rumble johnson turds its ok for a fight nite but not his ppv debut
and rothwell who the ufc says was the IFL top HW, but he lost to big country?
not to take away from cain because he looked great.
and joe daddy v fisher once again fight nite caliber.

i do like that they are airing the prelims on spike. i want all the mma i can get. i watch it all even when i bitch about ppv. but that doesnt change the facts.

they need to get a new headliner for 106 that shit wont fly. more interested in seeing lil nog v cane and the heat v hazelett
but no other matchups on this card are worthy ppv fights
rockhuddy- October 27, 2009 at 10:39 am
Overeem just seems like a huge douchebag
Titos Head- October 27, 2009 at 10:16 am
Thats exactly why DW does what he does in the UFC.
Soda Popinski- October 27, 2009 at 10:13 am
this joker hasnt fought in the states in over 3 years now. which is coincidentally when he started to look like a giant raisinet.

he aint coming back over to fight fedor i guarantee you that. he aint beating fedor clean, let alone on roids. and he knows that.
RJeezy- October 27, 2009 at 10:06 am
I don't understand how it's Overeem's fault that Strikeforce didn't book him a title fight for 2 years and then once they sign Fedor everyone goes nuts saying he needs to defend the belt. Then a defense is set up, he gets hurt, gets picked by the fans to fight in this year's K1 tourney and still takes 2 MMA fights in 2 weeks against cans so he can at least have (injury free) fights before the K1 finals which is going to be the biggest night of his career. Give the guy a break... Or a horse steak.
El Famous Burrito- October 27, 2009 at 9:57 am
Scott Coker is a doormat.

That Strikeforce Heavyweight belt is like the Transformer you let another kid "borrow", you ain't never gonna see that shit again. *sniff* sorry, Soundwave.
agentsmith- October 27, 2009 at 9:48 am
So if it happens in DREAM, does that mean it's for the DREAM heavyweight title instead? They don't have a HW champ yet anyway.
Jugger- October 27, 2009 at 9:42 am
I know Overeem has a reputation for being pretty hard on interviewers, but can we get one of the Bens in there to ask him if aversion to fighting in American-based organizations has anything to do with passing a drug test?

It's win/win for CP. No matter how he reacts, I can tell you one thing: it will generate hits for the Bens (no pun intended... well, okay, maybe it was intended).
google- October 27, 2009 at 9:41 am
Now does everone see why Dana won't give non exclusive contracts? Or joint promotion? this fucker is a complete joke. Everone knows why he is not fighting in the states, but no one will come out and say it. Maybe by April his piss still won't be clean, so he would much rather fight over-seas. Ben, you should ban any news on this fucker until he does something, and I am not talking about a ramatch with Hunt. Thats why Strikeforce is such a joke. What other promotion, even regional ones, or the WWF for that matter would let the champion not defend his belt for 2 years?
knucklesamitch- October 27, 2009 at 9:40 am
This is total BS. Someone needs to tell Scott Coker that the Strikeforce Hvy Wt. title BELONGS TO HIM, not Overeem. Jesus, even Pro Rasslin' strips champions who can't defend their title because of fake injuries, how the hell is this guy still holding the belt? He won it two years ago and hasn't defended it.
knucklesamitch- October 27, 2009 at 9:40 am
This is total BS. Someone needs to tell Scott Coker that the Strikeforce Hvy Wt. title BELONGS TO HIM, not Overeem. Jesus, even Pro Rasslin' strips champions who can't defend their title because of fake injuires, how the hell is this guy still holding the belt? He won it two years ago and hasn't defended it.
KidDinomite- October 27, 2009 at 9:29 am
Damn, what's up with Overeem not wanting to defend the belt? Guy's acting like a total dick to Strikeforce. Scott Coker should strip him of the belt and have a heavyweight tournament to decide the new champ.
Pingu- October 27, 2009 at 9:28 am
So when the CP MS paint contest happens again, Strikeforce is Bret Hart, Dream is Shawn Michaels and Earl Hebner is played to perfection by Alistair Overeem right?
Ballentine- October 27, 2009 at 9:27 am
You cant do roids for a title fight in the US
steampunk22- October 27, 2009 at 9:26 am
Say what you will about the UFC and their hard ass exclusivity contracts, it avoids shit like this. Strikeforce is going to have some cash flow problems if they all they can do is broadcast on network with half full cards because their fighters would rather fight somewhere else. Another nail in the coffin.
Badguy- October 27, 2009 at 9:26 am
We just need one big org and a handful of small ones with fighters moving on to the UFC when they are ready. This we need compitition for the UFC means 1 thing.

No Fedor Vs Lesnar type of fights.
One Two- October 27, 2009 at 9:26 am
do they test for roids in DREAM? I think its more about the roids than the #'s and money