UFC Confirms Ongoing Talks with Former Strikeforce Champ Alistair Overeem

August 25, 2011
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Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem

Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem may not be in Strikeforce any longer, but that doesn’t mean he won’t end up in the UFC.

The K-1 Grand Prix champion and now former Strikeforce champion was released from the promotion after a contract situation arose between Zuffa and Overeem’s management group at Team Golden Glory.

Overeem, along with his teammates Marloes Coenen, brother Valentijn Overeem, and Jon Olav Einemo, were all released after the promotion opted not to do business with the Holland based team any longer.

Now it appears that Zuffa and Team Golden Glory are back on speaking terms, and UFC president Dana White is hoping to strike a deal with Overeem.

“We’re talking to Overeem,” White confirmed when speaking to Dan Le Batard on ESPN 790 in Miami. “When everything fell apart, you heard me say we can’t do business with these guys the way they want to do business, meaning his management.

“Well, they’ve changed their opinions on how they can do business with us, so now we can.”

The business was essentially Team Golden Glory asking Zuffa to pay them for any fighters they managed, and then in turn they would pay the athletes. Zuffa officials were only willing to pay the fighters directly, and when the negotiations came to a standstill on that point, everything broke down.

Overeem and his teammates were released, but now with the Dutch striker back on speaking terms with the UFC, it could be only a matter of time before he’s Octagon bound.

Golden Glory’s leader Bas Boon said that a deal could be done with Overeem ending up in the UFC.

“We are even willing to make an exclusive deal for Alistair Overeem to fight in the UFC, if the terms are right,” Boon stated.

With the two sides now talking, Overeem could very well be in the UFC before it’s all said and done.

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  • wonggfan

    I predicted this would happen.

    Overeem is to highly regarded (or over regarded) to be just left out there.

    Overeem vs any of the top UFC fighters will be a big draw. Although I was hoping to see him get tested in the SF tourney against Bigfoot, Barnett, or Sergei, I think we could still test him in the UFC. Mir or Carwin would be an awesome match up for him. And if he gets passed one of them, he could go against JDS or Cain.

    I see Overeem doing well against guys like Roy Fatson or Fat Rothwell, or against any of the lower ranking HW fighters in the UFC. Hell, if he could pwn Todd Duffee, he could opwn other UFC cans like Stefan Struve.

    The UFC definitely has the upper hand now. But I expect the Reem to join the UFC soon.

  • Mario


    Cause I wanted to see him finish out the tourney at least.

    I dunno. Typical UFC tactic I guess..


    Watch him get mauled by the first guy he fights.

    • wonggfan

      He will get mauled only if he fights one of the top guys in the UFC.

      If he could pwn Todd Duffee in 20 seconds, I am sure UFC has enough fighters to give him an easy warm up fight.

      Ben Rothwelll vs Overeem….who takes it and how quickly?

    • afk

      More like a Showtime tactic. They set the date and Overeem refused to fight on it.


    • wonggfan

      @ Mario

      Did you want Overeem to do poorly in the SF Tourney? Or you just wanted to see him get tested?

      He beat Werdum but he didn’t pass the test. That fight infact created more question marks around Overeem.

      Pretty much since JDS has KOed Werdum in the first round, people think that Overeem should KO Werdum in the first round in order to be considered one of the top 3 guys.

  • bajafox

    Three fights in the UFC and he’ll be fighting nobodies like Arlovski and Sylvia. lol

    • wonggfan

      We will see. Reem vs Mir or Carwin will be a good fight. If he gets passed them, we could see Reem challenge for the belt.

      I doubt the Reem will do as poorly as some of you UFC nuthuggers think.

      UFC HW is still the weakest division in a sense that only 5 of the top 10 guys are in the UFC.

      I see Reem beating the crap out of weak UFC fighters like Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, or Ben Rothwel.

  • boss1345

    I would like to see Overeem fight Brock Lesnar that would be a big fight!

  • jared499

    He will definately get a warm up-match. Someone like Kongo, Carwin, or Nelson, who are mainly strikers and will stand with him. If he gets past that fight, I do see a gate-keeper match with someone like Mir or Big Nog before he get a title shot. I say he needs to have 2-3 UFC fights before they give him a title shot.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      I would like to see ny of those however Kongo is a very angry black man and I think he would wreck Overated or Overeem, whatever you choose to call him. Carwin and Nelson prob beat him also. As much as I hate toi say it, they will probgive him a beat down cro cop or somebody like struce to ko.