We no longer have to ask when Alistair Overeem will make his first Strikeforce heavyweight title defense since he won all the way back in 2007. Strikeforce has confirmed Alistair’s title will be on the line when he faces Brett Rogers in May.
With Alistair Overeem’s return to Strikeforce still 6 weeks away, the promotion has made a decision about the heavyweight belt and the title will indeed be on the line when he faces Brett Rogers in St. Louis on May 15.
The news was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Strikeforce official Mike Afromowitz on Sunday.
Like I said before regarding this fight, Strikeforce is damned if they do, damned if they don’t with the title. If they make it a three rounder, then that delays Alistair’s first defense even longer. However, by putting the title up for grabs it’s hard to take it seriously when the challenger is coming off a loss against the guy who should be fighting for the title. It’s a mess, and one they could have avoided by stripping Alistair of his title months ago. But they didn’t, and now they just have to deal with the issues it’s created.
Personally, I really don’t care what they do with it. With Fedor a part of their heavyweight division, it might as well be an interim title. He’s the real heavyweight champion, belt or not.
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