January 03, 2009
The UFC is always looking to add to its heavyweight ranks. Is it ready to roll the dice on former light heavyweight Alistair Overeem. Normally a light heavy moving up is dangerous proposition since he's probably walking around at 220 lbs. Not Overeem, he has made the miraculous jump from a lean 6-foot-4, 205 lbs. to 253 lbs. at his last fight K-1 Dynamite 2008. Wow! Overeem (pictured on the left) is the rare athletic, big heavy with a great set of striking skills.
He spoke with DreamFighters.com and said he is interested in fighting in the U.S. again:
DreamFighters.com: What is next for you? UFC, Lesnar, Fedor, what?
Alistair Overeem: Well I challenged (Remy) Bonjanksy on K-1 rules and yes, Fedor (Emelianenko) and (Brock) Lesnar are on my list, (Frank) Mir as well!
DreamFighters.com: Who would you like to fight next?
Alistair Overeem: I am going on a holiday as I really trained hard whole 2008, beginning of February I will start training again, my management is in negotiations now, I might visit the UFC (93) in Ireland on January 17th.
DreamFighters.com: Have you had any talks with Dana White or the UFC - Any interest fighting for the UFC or Affliction?
Alistair Overeem: My management has been in contact with Affliction as well as the UFC, I am a fighter and i concentrate on fighting, I am very happy with Golden Glory!
Overeem gave Chuck Liddell everything he could handle during a Pride event in 2003. He rocked Liddell with a left less 10 seconds into the fight and landed a ton knees. When have you seen Liddell ditch the stand-up game so he could wrestle? He did against Overeem. Liddell won the fight when Overeem gassed. Watch the video to see some of Overeem's game.
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Now the big question is can Overeem carry that 253 naturally? They don't test in Japan and we know California and Nevada don't mess around. Overeem did fight three times in the states in 2006 and 2007. He fought for Strikeforce in 2006 against Vitor Belfort at 210 and twice in 2007: Feb. 24 Pride 33 v. Shogun Rua at 205 and Nov. 16 Strikeforce v. Paul Buentello at 224. He passed all those tests. Should a red flag go up? Seven months later Overeem fought in June for DREAM 4 at 240, September for DREAM 6 at 241 and then came back for the K-1 Dynamite event at 253.
It would be nice to see Overeem in the states to fight legit heavyweights in MMA. He shouldn't have to reach for fights under K-1 rules.
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