“It’s true that I haven’t defended it for 2 years. Actually, i had something scheduled for 2009. but then I got injured. The real truth is that there weren’t any real opponents for me to fight at the beginning of Strikeforce. Everything was new and there was no one to fight. They didn’t complain and I competed in Dream and K-1 in the meantime. Then when real fighters came, I got injured in 2009. I cut myself, and had a serious bacterial infection…I will definitely fight Fedor this year. There’s no doubt about it, unless he says no. I don’t believe he will, but I’m a little worried about his managers. I’m sure he wants to fight, but I’m not sure people behind him do too…Besides Fedor, there’s Brett Rogers. Big guy that doesn’t worry me that much. Strong, but talks to much. I will fight him soon as well. Then there’s Fabricio Werdum, and I definitely want to kill him. He’s a loudmouth, but I think he’s first in line for Fedor, so that fight will wait a bit. Finally there’s Andre Arlovski. A very good fighter I will also fight eventually…I wouldn’t say UFC has the toughest competition. I think Strikeforce is getting stronger, theres me, Rogers, Fedor, Werdum, Arlovski… I’m not sure, I’d even say that the Strikeforce HW division is stronger then UFC’s right now. So no, I’m not thinking of going there…I think I’m currently in the top 5. There’s Fedor, and that big guy from the UFC, Brock Lesnar. Not sure about the rest, id say Dos Santos is up there. He really impressed me.”

—Alistair Overeem in an interview with Index.hr, translated via Sherdog.net & BE, reiterating his intentions to fight Strikeforce’s top heavyweights

It’s no secret fans and writers are getting frustrated with Alistair Overeem not fighting for Strikeforce in the US, especially when he continues to take pointless fights overseas. I gave him the benefit of the doubt last year when he said he would compete for Strikeforce in early 2010. But now that that time has come, we hear Alistair is being booked for K-1, DREAM and Golden Glory fights and won’t fight for Strikeforce until later this year. It’s getting old and very difficult to take anything he says seriously. If Overeem’s priorities are overseas, fine, but he needs to relinquish the title and quit talking about fighting here until he’s actually ready to follow through it. Overeem vs. Fedor, Rogers, Werdum and Arlovski are all fights I’d like to see, but at this point, I won’t believe them until I see them.

On a semi-related note, Fedor Emelianenko would still like to fight Brock Lesnar…just as soon as he remembers who he is.