Alistair Overeem Wants Fabricio Werdum IF His Next Fight Is for Strikeforce

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.
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"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.

Poor Scott Coker has his hands full herding cats. Here's another object lesson in the pitfalls of non-exclusive contracts.

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