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August 25, 2010, 08:18 PM
Ariel Helwani: Have you decided when and where your next fight will be?
Alistair Overeem: Yes, I'm going to fight in the K-1 tournament, so my first fight will be October for the Final 16 in Korea. If I win the fight, I will advance to the Final 8 in Japan. That fight will be in December.

Why isn't your next fight going to be for Strikeforce?
I've stated many times that Strikeforce was my number one priority, but after Fedor lost to Werdum, I had no intention of fighting somebody other than Werdum. I came to the States to challenge the winner of the fight and that was Werdum, so no need to fight somebody else. Furthermore, I like K-1 very much and there are not many opportunities to stay fighting in K-1, so I want to fight if I still can. One of my goals is to be K-1 champion and this is my chance.

Emelianenko has now said that he would like to fight you by the end of the year. Is that possible at this point?
No, unfortunately not. The reason is because if I enter the Final 16 and win, I will fight the K-1 Final in December. My decision was made because nothing was certain and Strikeforce and M-1 didn't act fast enough when I made my decision to start K-1 training. Now I read on the internet that Fedor and his management want to fight me all of sudden. Do they really need two months of thinking and negotiating? I think it's a little strange to be honest. If Fedor challenged me right after the fight it would have been something to take in consideration, but the M-1 management started to say that all the polls on several websites stated that people rather have a Fedor vs. Werdum rematch then a fight against me. There we have another lie by M-1 because every poll I have read stated the opposite and showed that everybody want to see Fedor versus me. Check their current poll at their own Web site (laughs).
August 25, 2010  09:53 PM ET

I can see his rationale.
he is the champ.
Fedor fought and lost the #1 spot. Shouldn't get a title shot.
Obviously haters will have it either way.
Overeem fights Fedor they will say he is fighting guys after losses
Overeem does not fight Fedor and wait for Werdum, he is affraid of fedor.

Bottom line is: Fedor should not have fougth Werdum. he risked his #1 spot and now this is what happened.

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August 26, 2010  12:19 PM ET

SF might as well say bye bye to Overeem...

August 26, 2010  04:29 PM ET

nah. he has a contract and he likes SF. he says this not against SF, but to keep the fight with words against Fedor.

IMO this is just to hype the fight more.

Like when Silva said that sonnen didn't deserve a title shot.

August 26, 2010  04:31 PM ET
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nah. he has a contract and he likes SF. he says this not against SF, but to keep the fight with words against Fedor.IMO this is just to hype the fight more.Like when Silva said that sonnen didn't deserve a title shot.

Yeah but Silva actually believed no one deserved a title shot!!!

August 26, 2010  05:45 PM ET
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Yeah but Silva actually believed no one deserved a title shot!!!

right. and I think this is more between Overeem and M-1 who called him out then anything connected to SF.
If anything, he should be pretty happy with the way they allow him to do other tourneys. do you envision EVER Danna allowing such a thing? I don't.

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August 26, 2010  06:27 PM ET

I usually "defend" Fedor but, in this case, Overeem is completely right.

Why did the Fedor camp call Overeem out only after knowing that Overeem's going to fight in K-1 ?!?

August 26, 2010  08:01 PM ET
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I usually "defend" Fedor but, in this case, Overeem is completely right.Why did the Fedor camp call Overeem out only after knowing that Overeem's going to fight in K-1 ?!?

well, i think it is also timming.
They wanted (and were lobying) for a rematch. Then as Werdum is out of comission, they at first didn't want to "jump" the line. But seeing as the best they could fight now would be Silva (who is basically a more dangerouns Rogers), they decided to go for broke and get Overeem.

That is how I see it at least...

August 27, 2010  05:51 AM ET

No. Besides being more dangerous on the feet, Bigfoot has BJJ, Rogers doesn't. Big difference.

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