Alistair Overeem Wants to Win the Strikeforce Grand Prix Then Face the UFC Heavyweight Champion

June 7, 2011
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Alistair Overeem wants to see the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner against UFC champion Cain Velasquez to unify the titles and see who truly is No. 1.

UFC vs. Strikeforce. Champion vs. champion.

The ‘business as usual’ model came crashing to a halt last week with the announcement that UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would face Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz this October at UFC 137.

Now, more Strikeforce fighters are hoping for a similar unification of the titles, and that includes heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

Currently the reigning Strikeforce king as well as the K-1 Grand Prix champion, Overeem has every intention of making the challenge to face the best heavyweigh in the UFC if he’s successful in navigating through the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix he’s currently competing in.

“That definitely is my plan, but let’s take it one step at a time,” Overeem said on Tuesday about unifying the titles. “I’m taking this fight very serious, if you look at both of our papers, this is a very exciting fight. Fabricio has been incredible the last couple years, and me myself I’ve not been sitting still. It’s going to be an incredible fight.”

While the odds of proposed super fights between the best in the UFC and the best in Strikeforce are much greater now with GSP vs. Diaz happening in October, Overeem doesn’t let that concern him much.

His biggest focus now is facing Fabrcio Werdum and then moving on to win the rest of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“I’m just focused on this fight and I don’t know exactly what is happening behind the scenes, I heard about the GSP/Diaz fight, but that fight has no relevance to my situation. I’m in the tournament, I’m locked in, 3 more fights to go to win,” Overeem stated.

“Then there might be some crossover fight happening, but for the time being it’s not on the schedule.”

Looking at the talent in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, anyone could argue that the winner of this tournament is already the top heavyweight in the world regardless of who the champion is in the UFC.

Overeem agrees with that, and he’s happy to prove to anyone who watches that he is the best heavyweight in the world right now.

“I see this Grand Prix as an opportunity to show not only the fans in the U.S. but to the fans all over the world, that I am No. 1,” Overeem said.

“The No. 1 you don’t become by beating no names, you have to beat the names, and I think this tournament holds very good names, very experienced names, it holds all sorts of names. But I believe every fighter in the tournament is good and experienced. You’ve got to beat the best, to become the best.”

While the talk about any Strikeforce heavyweight moving over to face the champion in the UFC is premature, especially in the midst of the Grand Prix tournament still going on, but Overeem does point out facing the current champion over there does intrigue him.

“If I would win the tournament, I personally, and I believe many fans with me, would love to see the (winner) of the tournament against the UFC champion, Cain Velasquez,” Overeem stated.

The first order of business on Overeeem’s mind right now however is facing old foe Fabricio Werdum in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix next weekend in Texas.

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  • bdono554

    please tap this chump in the first round Werdum all the steroids he’s taken have affected his thinking. He thinks all the guys he’s beaten since 2007 are good fighters and not a bunch of hand picked punching bags, ancient vets, or guys brought in on short notice to make him look good.

    Thanks love,

    • wonggfan

      Werdum is mentally strong unlike this steroids fuck.

    • jamin

      When Werdum gets his ass creamed and handed to him, I am going to check back on this forum to see where all you couch rats are hiding. Overeem was never charged with steroid usage so thats just stupid speculation you brain dead chumps.

  • wonggfan

    Dear Mr. Overoid:

    Please worry about Werdum before even thinking about being No.1.

    I’ll be honest. I wouldn’t rank Werdum above No. 6 in the world. He lost to Dos Santos and would lose to Cain as well. I am sure Shane and Brock would beat Werdum as well.

    But the funny thing is, Werdum is the highest ranked fighter you’ve faced in years. Your last loss was to Kharitonov. Since then you’ve been fighting cans. And by cans I don’t mean top 15 or 20 fighters. I mean fighters like Fujita and James Thompson. Your strongest opponents were Brett Rogers and Duffee.

    Now you lost to Werdum before. And he is psychologically very strong. I’ve never seen him wilt, although I’ve seen you wilt several times.

    So please focus on beating Werdum decisively. And then we will talk about you being close to No. 1 in the world.

    • Cptmats

      not gonna happen ! werdume will beat this glass jawed juice monkey!

  • After Overeem loses this tournament he could always try out for the Ultimate Fighter 😉

    • wonggfan

      lol! That would be scary. I would not want to be in TUF with Overeem. If Roy Nelson can sweep TUF, imagine what Overeem could do. Or anyone in the top 10 for that matter.

  • Surprised to see everyone counting Overeem out or rooting against him. I think Werdum is just as (if not more) overrated than he is.

    That being said, I’d like to see Overeem fight guys like Velasquez, Dos Santos, Carwin or Lesnar. Would be some entertaining match-ups for him in the UFC.

    Wonder what Zuffa is going to do with Overeem when his Strikeforce contract is up. I know his current contract allows him to fight in K1 but I don’t see Zuffa being too cool with that when it’s time to renegotiate. Would be a shame to see him slip through the cracks and end up fighting randomly in Japan or wasting his talent in Bellator like Hector Lombard is.

  • daviddowell

    Overeem will win the grand prix he is the best fighter their now, that fador is out,
    different story a few years ago ,
    Alister by ko against Werdum.

  • wonggfan

    No one is overrating Werdum except for MMAWEEKLY.

    The true HW ranking:

    1. Cain
    2. Dos Santos/Brock
    3. Brock/ Dos Santos
    4. Overeem/Carwin
    5. Carwin/Overeem
    6. Werdum
    7. Mir
    8. Bigfoot/Sergei
    9. Sergei/Bigfoot
    10. Barnett/Fedor

    Overeem has done nothing to show that he is even top 3. I am putting him up at 4 or 5 since he has destroyed cans very impressively.

    But at the top level, you need mental game as much as brute force. And I agree that Overoid is a physical specimen. But his mental game is weak, something you can’t change with drugs.

    Werdum is not a top 5 fighter and he won’t get back to top 5 until he revenges his loss against JDS. That may never happen given that JDS destroyed his chin. Please go look at the Brandon Vera fight, JDS fight, and then Bigfoot fight. He had a weak chin. Then JDS destroyed it. In the Bigfoot fight round #1 it shows.

    Even though Werdum’s chin is suspect, I would say that he has 50/50 chance of beating Overeem. This is the first time in several years Overeem is facing a top 10 opponent. So we will see how he does.

  • Darren2112

    Doesn’t this guy own titles in three separate promotions in two different sports? Give the guy his due. I like to watch him fight and isn’t that what it’s really all about?

    My only wish is that this Grand Prix would be moving along alot faster. I think the delays between cards has taken some steam out of it.

    • wonggfan


      No one denies that Overoid is in the top 10. But no serious MMA fan would think that he is No. 1 in the world.

      He hasn’t done enough to show anything. The strongest fighters he has beaten in the last 3 years are Brett Rogers and Todd Duffee. I would say both are top 15 or 20 but not top 10.

      What does beating Lee Tae-Hyun, Buentello, Fujita, and James Thompson do?

      As long as you don’t let Overoid bully you around and put enough pressure on him, he will wilt in round 2.

      But because he has been beating “cans” impressively for the last two years, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

      Beat Werdum, and we will talk about him being top 3 in the world.

  • KingSlaughter

    LOL he thinks hes #1 in the world?? haha bigfoot has a better chance at winning the tourny