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Alistair Overeem Off Strikeforce Card With Nagging Hand Injury

Fabricio Werdum, Scott Coker and Alistair OvereemHere’s your crappy news item of the day, and no it’s about Kimo’s alleged death. That rumor has been squashed.

Remember how Alistair Overeem got in a bar fight and broke his hand so badly he almost lost it? It kept him from defending his title on the Strikeforce’s June 6 card, and unfortunately it hasn’t healed enough yet to allow him to defend his title against Fabricio Werdum on August 15 either. From MMA Fanhouse:

Alistair Overeem has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled August 15 Strikeforce heavyweight title fight against Fabricio Werdum. Strikeforce director of communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday. Afromowitz said that the reason for the withdrawal was that the hand infection Overeem suffered following his May altercation in an Amsterdam nightclub has not fully healed.

Afromowitz added that Fabricio Werdum is still scheduled to compete on the card, but no opponent has officially been signed. The organization has yet to decide whether they will introduce an interim title while Overeem recovers.

Well that seriously sucks. As much as I’m looking forward to the Carano-Cyborg throwdown, I was equally anticipating Overeem-Werdum 2. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much. There are three other title fights on the card after all, but it been almost two years since Alistair won his belt, so yeah, I was definitely looking  forward to watching him finally defend it.

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