About a month ago, when it was announced that Alistair Overeem would defend his Strikeforce heavyweight title against Fabricio Werdum and not Brett Rogers as most expected, Rogers’ manager Mike Reilly had a few choice words for Alistair claiming he was scared of Brett. It may have taken awhile but Alistair’s manager Bas Boon has responded.
“Does Brett Rogers think this help’s him? Alistair trains everyday with punchers like Errol Zimmerman, Gokhan Saki, Karaev, Sergei Kharitonov, and Semmy Schilt. He knocked out one of the best strikers in the world in Badr Hari in the first round under Hari’s rules (K-1). He fought three rounds against three time K-1 World Champion Remy Bojasky and would have won that fight had they counted the second round knock down. What exactly does Brett Rogers have on his record?”
“I understand that Brett is frustrated that Alistair is injured, but that is a brainless comment”. Boon continued. “The hand injury is now resolved and he is getting back to training carefully.”
Obviously, the Overeem-Werdum fight never happened, and now with Fedor in the mix, who knows how Strikeforce is going to match these guys up in the coming months. Strikeforce has made it pretty clear that Fedor won’t fight Overeem first, and since Werdum was already booked to fight Alistair before, that match-up seems more likely than Overeem-Rogers in the fall. Nevertheless, the division basically consists of four guys so if not now, it probably won’t be too long before we see a Overeem-Rogers fight.
Boon also commented on a fight against Fedor.
“His (Alistairs) striking is better and he has wicked take down defense and a good ground game. A fit Alistair Overeem stands a very good chance against Fedor.”
I definitely think Alistair will give Fedor the toughest test of all the Strikeforce heavyweights. I seriously doubt he’ll be able to translate that into a win, but I expect he’ll be the most competitive out of himself, Werdum and Rogers.
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Update: Oops, guess I shouldn’t have skipped over the first paragraph in the MMANews.com report. Boon was actually responding to this interview where Brett Rogers says Alistair needs to “man up.” Same difference though.