Maybe we haven’t seen the last of Alistair Overeem in the cage after all. Initially reported that Overeem was released from his Strikeforce deal following his unwillingness to accept a fight in September due to injuries, Bas Boon, Overeem’s manager at Golden Glory, says that his fighter and Zuffa are just in a “negotiation period.”
The story was first reported by ESPN.
Currently, Zuffa and Overeem are in a “120 day negotiation and period.” As of right now, Overeem is still technically with Strikeforce and remains the Strikeforce heavyweight champion due to the “champions clause” in his contract.
Originally scheduled to fight Antonio Silva in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on September 10, “The Demolition Man” turned down the fight, citing rib and toe injures, along with not having proper time to prepare for the bout. Overeem wanted the fight pushed back to October, and was promised by Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker that the fight would be in October, but Zuffa had other plans.
That fight would have been the last on Overeem’s current contract, but he had a handshake agreement with Coker that, should he have beaten Silva, he would fight in the finals while negotiating a new contract.
Along with Overeem being unable to compete in September, Zuffa also was not happy with the way Golden Glory handled the payment of their fighters, which, according to Dana White, had Golden Glory being paid directly instead of the fighters. This led to the release of fellow Golden Glory fighters Valentijn Overeem, Jon Olav Einemo, and Marloes Coenen.
Due to this “negotiation period” it’s highly unlikely that Overeem will compete on the October United Glory card, as previously scheduled, and may not compete until 2012.