Scott Coker is going to book Antonio Silva to meet Overeem in October. Some might think this is just fodder for Overeem till things work out with Werdum, Fedor, and M-1. It would seem that Silva should be a relatively easy opponent for Overeem, he has been on a roll since his metamorphosis into Ubereem. Silva should just be another blinding knee to eye socket victim and on to the next fight. I think this is seriously underestimating Silva.
Silva has excellent boxing skills. He is 6' 4", weighs 265 and moves with relative ease. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he could catch Overeem and knock him out. The question for Strikeforce then is, now what? The air has been let out of the entire heavyweight division. Alistair's domination of Brett Rogers on SHO got people's attention. Especially the casual fan. They don't remember the smaller Alistair getting pounded by Rua or submitted by Werdum. They just remember a monster destroying Grim Rogers and immediately stating he wants Fedor. A super fight was in the works between Fedor and Overeem. But, then the unthinkable happened and Fedor lost to a world BJJ champion and the whole plan went up in smoke.
Now, Fedor only wants to fight Werdum. Werdum, who at first was willing to give Fedor a rematch in Mother Russia, is balking at the idea as his gym fills up with new recruits and he is enjoying the fruits of beating the seemingly unbeatable Fedor. He has stated he has no interest in fighting Overeem as it would be a step back. Overeem wants Werdum and is no longer interested in Fedor. But, if Overeem gets knocked out by Silva his stock plummets and while Silva is a monster I just don't find him very marketable. Then the only interesting fight for the HW division is Fedor vs Werdum. Let's not forget the ultimate you now what blocker that is M-1 and whatever evil plans they have in mind. Once the Werdum/Fedor rematch is done, then what? My question is why take that risk, Scott?
It made no sense for Strikeforce to book the Fedor/Werdum match in the first place. After defeating Rogers, Fedor should have fought Overeem. Now, Strikeforce is making the same mistake again. They billed the Fedor/Werdum fight as a number one contender's match. They needed to stick to that and book Werdum vs Overeem. Fedor should be fighting Silva in October instead of Overeem. That scenario opens up a world of possibilities. Instead, they are risking what interest there is left in their heavyweight division. For what?