Alistair OvereemAs the debut of the new and improved Strikeforce draws closer, MMA Weekly has learned that the Heavyweight Champion of the organization, Alistair Overeem, may be returning this calendar year to defend his belt.

Overeem has recently been spending most of his time fighting in Japan, while also participating in K-1 kickboxing bouts. With Strikeforce putting on several shows over the next few months, including fights on CBS later this year, the Strikeforce heavyweight division will likely see its champion return to defend his title.

As Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz told MMAWeekly Radio recently, they believe Overeem will head back to the United States to defend his belt this year.

“We’re looking to get him back pretty soon. I’d say more likely than not, you’re going to see him defend his title this year,” Afromowitz said about Overeem.

This is big news for the organization since fans will now be able to see Alistair back fighting in the US, though he is truly now an international draw. One man who certainly has his eyes on the Strikeforce heavyweight belt is Brett Rogers, who will be in action for Strikeforce this weekend. With a victory over the seemingly outmatched Ron Humphries, the title picture could become somewhat clearer.

For the sake of Alistair’s opponent when he returns to Strikeforce, I hope that the champion has improved his aim to some degree from that which we were witness to when he took on Mirko Cro Cop.

I still feel the pain.