Although it has become painfully obvious that current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has no intentions of defending his title anytime before the end of 2010, “The Demolition Man” recently went on record with FiveOuncesofPain.com, stating that we can expect to see a lot of him stateside beginning at the start of the new year.
After competing in kickboxing for the bulk of 2009 while putting his MMA career on hold, Overeem has recently been tabbed to face off with Tony Sylvester in his first mixed martial arts rules bout of the year. The two will face off at Golden Glory’s tenth anniversary event in Holland on October 17, and Overeem is further expected to participate in DREAM 12, just eight days later in Japan.
So now, the question on everybodies mind is, “Does Alistair have any intention of defending his Strikeforce championship in the near future?”.
There have even been fellow Strikeforce heavyweights such as Fabricio Werdum that have gone on record stating their beliefs that a substance known as “Gummy Berry Juice” could be the underlying reason for Overeem’s seeming unwillingness to make the trip stateside to put his belt on the line.
FiveOuncesofPain recently had the opportunity to catch up with Overeem to ask him the very question that is begging to be asked.
FiveOuncesofPain: Do you have a problem with fighting on American soil, and when can we expect your return to Strikeforce?
Alistair Overeem: No, I love to fight. I expect to be fighting solely in the U.S. throughout 2010.
Of course when quoted as saying that he expected to be fighting solely in the United States through the course of 2010, another question could be derived from the response:
FiveOuncesofPain.com: So is there any possibility that we may end up seeing you in the UFC anytime soon?
Alistair Overeem: I don’t have a crystal ball, so it’s possible. At the moment I’m happy with my contract with Strikeforce.