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With Overeem Gone, No One Wins

A stark glimpse of the future.

Things move pretty quickly in the MMA game. It was less than two weeks ago that Alistair was ousted from the tournament after declining to contest his semi-final bout a month earlier than previously discussed. Three days ago, Overeem exercised his right to fight in other organizations and announced his participation in an MMA bout scheduled for October in Moscow. And last night Inside MMA dropped the bombshell that “The Demolition Man” has been served his pink slip by Zuffa officials.

At this point, we have very little information from either side of the fence. The latest short film uploaded to reveals that, in addition to the previously disclosed broken toe, Overeem is sporting a fractured rib which prevented his participation on the September Strikeforce card. We also know that the champion had only one fight remaining on his contract, meaning a victory over Antonio Silva in the tournament semi-finals would have granted him incredible bargaining power in the ensuing contract negotiations. If you think the details of his release are murky, just think about what this means for his immediate future.

Overeem still has several options outside of the Zuffa empire, and as an MMA fan I can tell you that they all suck. His fight in October may offer a quick glimpse of the future, in which Overeem fights a never ending series of lopsided battles in Japan and second tier organizations, leaving a path of wanton can destruction in his wake the likes of which we’ve never seen. Another possibility is that he eschews the whole “mixed” martial arts thing in favor of something more traditional, like say defending his belt in the recently sold K1 or trying his hands at Marquess of Queensberry in a Russian roulette boxing match against Vitali Klitschko. Either way, we may never get the answers as to how The Reem stacks up against the best of the MMA world.

And what exactly does this mean for Strikeforce, beyond losing its second champion in two months? The HWGP had already lost plenty of steam from its initial promise. With Fedor, Werdum, and recently Overeem exiting the tournament after the first round, the remaining bouts seem a bit anticlimactic, but even then we could at least look forward to the HWGP champion potentially challenging Alistair for the belt. Now that option is gone. So will the tournament champion automatically become the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion? If so, the tournament effectively killed any interest in his upcoming matches, as his first defense would either come against the man he just defeated to win the belt or against someone who wasn’t good enough to advance to the finals in the first place. It took awhile, but this is pretty much what we expected to unfold.

The good news in all of this? No matter what you think about Overeem, you can argue his place in the heavyweight rankings forever with very little evidence to prove you wrong; we’ve even provided a comment section below for that process to begin.


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RwilsonR- July 30, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Chad Griggs FTW!!!
RSparrow- July 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm
BuckWild- July 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm
The UFC will sign him. end of story.
djp1988- July 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm
To simplify, Overeem is basically going to be in the WNBA for the rest of his career.
TheJuggernaut- July 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm
I'm pretty sure the whole tournament just lost. Fedor lost to Werdum, so Werdum was supposed to be the "best". He was the top ranked heavyweight in the tounament anyway after beating Bigfoot and Fedor. Then he loses to Overeem, which by default makes Overeem the best in the tournament. Now Overeem is gone, Fedor is gone, Werdum is gone. The only one left is Bigfoot, who lost to a guy that got put out in the first round. The winner has claim over nothing because the best guy in the tournament just dropped out after taking out the next best guy. everyone loses.
XENOPHON- July 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Biggest looser is not Reem,

it's White - his ticket sales and pay-per-views will not meet expectations - he reamed himself.
smiledriver- July 30, 2011 at 10:11 am
Finally, this guy is useless. Overeem has conistantly demostrated that he doesn't value the belt he carries around and that has always made SF look second rate. Strip him and get on with it. Crown the winner of the tourney Champ.
dranokills- July 30, 2011 at 9:57 am
I was never a fan of his to begin with. I am grateful we don't have to go through the fucking hype train of when he was gonna come to UFC and walk through all the heavyweights to become the greatest of all time.....bullshit. If only this kinda thing had happened to Brock dickchest Lesner , life woulda been better off.
One less stupid blemish on UFC, I am thankful that horemeat eater burnt out.
intercept440- July 30, 2011 at 9:49 am
i personally find the whole thing amusing.
" The Reem " just got Reemed.
Joedirt- July 30, 2011 at 8:38 am
Reem wasn't the best when he was smaller and he isn't the best now all juiced up. He wouldn't crack the top 5 heavyweights in the UFC.
edhedicus- July 30, 2011 at 8:28 am
He didn't matter before Zuffa bought SF, and he doesn't matter now. His lack of wrestling would make him an easy target for Cain, JDS, Brock, Big Country, Mir, (insert middle of the pack UFC HW here). The only fight I would look forward to of Ubereems in the UFC would be Kongo or Barry, weak wrestlers with good striking.
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 30, 2011 at 8:27 am
^^^what he's having for dinner from now on.......
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 30, 2011 at 8:26 am
Darkside- July 30, 2011 at 8:21 am
Shouldn't that caption read "A stark glimpse of Overeem's past, present, and future"?
Big_Shell- July 30, 2011 at 8:17 am
Wow...this sucks. Way to go strikeforce and/or showtime for allowing this foolishness to even start. Obviously it's been said before, but this "tournament" is no different than fighters making their way through the ranks normally. Except in this case, they left themselves no outs because of the structure.