After taking just a few minutes to dispose of Brett Rogers, Alistair Overeem proved that he was a worthy champion, and in his post-fight interview he let it be known that there wouldn’t be such a long wait until we see him again in the Strikeforce cage.
“It’s been a while, but I’m back, and I’m the champion of Strikeforce and I’m here to stay,” he told Showtime’s Gus Johnson.
When he was asked who he wanted to fight next there was no doubt in Overeem’s mind.
“Fedor Emelianenko,” he replied. “His management declined to fight me tonight, respect for Brett because he stood up and wanted to fight me like a man. I think now it’s Fedor’s time.”
It’s the fight that fans have been calling for since Fedor first signed with Strikeforce, and if he can successfully defeat Fabricio Werdum in June then there will never be a better time to put that fight together.
The problem, as Overeem alludes to is Fedor’s management, M-1 Global. They have issues with the Dutchman, particularly over alledged steroid abuse, and have given every indication that they have little desire to put their marquee fighter in the cage with him.
After watching tonight’s performance they may be even more reluctant to do so.
Hopefully Strikeforce can bring the two parties together and get this fight arranged so that the sport doesn’t get dragged into a debacle similar to boxing’s struggle to get Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring together.