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Why Alistair Overeem Isn’t Fighting On June 6

Alistair OvereemIt came as a bit of shock when Strikeforce announced that Brett Rogers would be facing Andrei Arlovski, not Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, on June 6.

The reason we were given was Alistair had broke his hand, but what we didn’t hear was how. Well, let me tell you, it is quite the story. Alistair’s brother, Valentine, got into a fight at a bar, and Alistair jumped in to help, apparently taking out five bouncers and breaking his hand in the process.

The (possibly exaggerated) story comes from Alistair’s manager, Bas Boon, in a recent blog post I can’t find anywhere since FO Mag didn’t link to it.

“Alistair attended some famous dance club with his brother Valentine. Went to the toilet and did not have coins to pay the toilet woman. Alistair told her he would pay a euro when he came back, because he did not have change. Then the security guard who was near by started to get involved,” he wrote.

“Brother Valentine saw the incident and also started asking what the problem was. They offered to pay, but by then 6 security guards came over surrounding them. The Overeem brothers were asked to leave, Alistair was already outside when he saw his brother Valentine fighting.

“Valentine still was discussing the situation on his way outside with one of the security guards hit Valentine in the face with a flash light. Three security guards dived onto Valentine and brother Alistair wanted to go back inside to help his brother. This resulted in five security guards in the hospital.”

In the meantime, Alistair Overeem was complaining of a painful cut on his hand and went to hospital at the urging of Golden Glory team mates.

“It was only because of the management pushing him to go to the hospital that he saved his hand. When he finally got his injury checked, he was advised to stay a few days in the hospital. They told him if he would have come any later he would have lost his hand,” said Boon.

Alistair took out five bouncers? C’mon…

Almost losing a hand sounds pretty serious, but hopefully it’s an injury he can recover from in relatively short period of time. Stories like these are entertaining, but I’d rather see him in the ring fighting.

Image courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

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