Alistair Overeem has been making quite a name for himself in the heavyweight division lately. He appears to be a new fighter, better than ever, at his new weight class. His chance to prove he had truly arrived as one of the division’s upper-echelon fighters evaded him on Sept. 23 however. The long-anticipated fight with Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ was his opportunity to solidify his status as a top-ten heavyweight. However, despite his dominating performance, he failed to keep his knees out of Cro Cop’s groin and the fight was ruled a no-contest. He’ll likely get another chance on NYE with a rematch against the Croatian, however, that may not be the only thing Alistair has to look forward to in the future.
In an interview with Fighters Only Magazine, Alistair made it known that he’s talking to several US promotions including the UFC.
Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem has dropped a hint that a move to UFC may be on the cards.
Speaking to Fighters Only earlier, Overeem was asked if he would like to fight for the organisation if the right deal could be struck.
“Of course. My management is working on some deals in the US right now,” he replied.
He still, of course, has a deal with Strikeforce and remains their heavyweight champ. From his comments, he fully intends to honor that, so unless that deal runs out soon, it would seem likely that one of the other US-based promotions such as Affliction or EliteXC would be the better fit for him since the UFC demands exclusivity.
For now though, while his management works on his career, Alistair remains focused on his rematch with Cro Cop, as Alistair tells index.hr in a new interview. The interview in it’s entirely translated courtesy of Robert at Betwwx.com.
Overeem: Cro Cop is arrogant, thinks he’s a superstar but I’ve got a surprise for him
Two weeks have passed since their much anticipated Dream 6 showdown. Instead of a clear result, we’ve got more questions then answers. We have managed to track down the Dutch fighter for an exclusive interview with Index.hr Sport.
Why do you have such animosity toward Mirko? Why has it become personal for you?
A.O: I honestly believe that Mirko is very arrogant person, he see’s himself as a superstar, something which he is not. We’re all just people and the important thing is that we stay respectful and be modest. I highly value respect and modesty in a person.
However it was you that began disrespecting Mirko first.
Yes that is true. He fought an very easy opponent at Dream 1 however the entire time he claimed he wanted to fight only the best. I thought it was important to declare my desire to fight him publicly and openly to the Dream officials and fans.
You’ve said that Mirko was looking for a way out of that fight and that was ducking you before the match even?
That’s true. He was looking for a way out. He could not hold on any longer. He was finished basically. We’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll hide again as he has in the past or step up for the revenge at NYE event.
Cro Cop says he’s the better fighter and that would his superior technique would have given him the victory in the end?
He can say what ever he wants, I don’t want to continue with the same dialogue. Just tell him I’ve got a big surprise waiting for him at NYE.
You’ve gained over 15 kilograms in a very short period of time, conditioning has been your biggest problem to date. Part of Mirko’s game plan in part was to drag you into a long battle and to expose your stamina.
That’s totally false. My new size will not hinder me in the least. I don’t have any issues with stamina or conditioning. The new mass has made me stronger and has only improved me as a fighter.
In the first fight Cro Cop wasn’t able to use his famous left leg. What do you put that down to?
“Its very simple. I’m not scared of his left leg.” Concluded the smiling Overeem.
Just keep it clean, Overeem. We all want a clean fair fight.