A day after Dream officially announced that Strikeforce and K-1 World Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem would fight on its Dynamite!! 2010 fight card, all signs are pointing toward former UFC fighter Todd Duffee as his opponent.
Dream still lists Overeem with an opponent to be announced, but MMAFighting.com says that multiple sources have confirmed that both Overeem and Duffee’s camps have agreed to the fight.
MMAWeekly.com sources on Friday verified that Duffee and Overeem is agreed to and both parties are moving ahead, but that Duffee has yet to receive a contract and likely won’t until after Christmas Day. With Dream’s recent track record in being slow to pay foreign fighters, several payments delayed for months after the fights, it’s likely that Duffee’s camp would want some sort of guarantee, such as his show money paid up front or at least put into some sort of escrow account.
Overeem (33-11) has won eight of his last nine bouts, with his fight against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic being declared a no contest. He won the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix kickboxing title earlier this month, but has been under heavy scrutiny for the sparse defense of his Strikeforce heavyweight championship.
Overeem won the Strikeforce title by stopping Paul Buentello with knees to the body in November of 2007. He has defended the belt only one time since, scoring a technical knockout over Brett Rogers in May of this year. There has not been any solid information declaring when his next title defense will take place.
Scoring six knockouts in the first six fights of his career, Duffee (6-1) was one of the most highly touted prospects on the UFC roster. Following the most unlikely of comeback knockouts at the hands of Mike Russow at UFC 114, Duffee was unexpectedly cut loose by the promotion.
UFC president Dana White later said that Duffee’s termination was due to an attitude problem.
Duffee’s manager, Alex Davis, in November, told MMAWeekly.com that he expected his fighter would return to the Octagon at some point.
“I think Todd at some point will be back in the UFC,” Davis said. “I think that’s what he wants.”
A win over Top 10 ranked Alistair Overeem would be a huge step in that direction for Duffee, but possessing less than a quarter of Overeem’s experience, particularly in big fights, it is no small task laid out before him.
(UPDATED at 12:15 p.m. PT on Dec. 24, 2010 – MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed the fight, but also that a contract for Duffee has not yet been delivered.)