Will Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem spend the rest of the year wearing heavy kickboxing gloves rather than our beloved four ounce MMA gloves?
Alistair Overeem spoke to The MMA Hour:
"Let's just say this, there's a couple of fights that I would like to have, and I'm going to start with the first one: the first one is going to definitely be Werdum -- he's the winner of that fight [against Fedor Emelianenko]. I'm sure, 100% sure, I'm going to beat him," Overeem said.
"Second fight is the Fedor fight. He lost his last fight. Did he get caught? I don't know. Has he lost it? I don't know. But he's still one of the guys I would love to fight. I've been challenging him for a year, I was hoping that I was going to be the one to beat him, but now he's lost to Werdum. But still, I've been challenging him for a year, so I still want to fight him.
"And then the third choice would be the K-1 Finals, the last fight."
Ben Fowlkes points out the big problem with Alistair's wish list:
Here's where things get tricky: Overeem added that the next big Strikeforce show is expected to take place in October, which is around the same time as the start of the K-1 Grand Prix Final 16. So it's unlikely that he will be able to compete for both Strikeforce and K-1 in the same month.
"I have qualified for the final 16. I'm not entirely sure if I'm going to compete, but I would like to compete. K-1 is striking, I like it, it has a little bit different audience. It's very popular in Holland. So yeah, I want to become champion. I see myself as champion."
Overeem's sometime training partner UFC and PRIDE veteran and multi-time K-1 GP winner Semmy Schilt tells Michael David Smith he thinks Overeem is headed back to K-1:
"At the moment I am not training with Alistair," Schilt said. "I think it is a strange year for him. He wanted to fight Fedor Emelianenko for such a long time that I think he cannot focus so much (on MMA after Fabricio Werdum beat Fedor), so I think he will go for the K-1 World Grand Prix title this year."
It would be a huge loss for MMA if Overeem elects to focus on K-1 in the fall. But MMA's loss is kickboxing's gain.
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