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Alistair Overeem Just Pissing Everybody Off At This Point

You’ve probably heard the news by now: Alistair Overeem, fresh off of canceling his fight with Fabricio Werdum because of a bar fight hand injury (the second title fight of the year postponed because of this injury), has now been confirmed for K-1’s World Grand Prix Final 16.  Lest you think this has something to do with his hand healing, the tournament is only three weeks away and he’ll be fighting the legendary Peter Aerts for a chance to compete in the WGP finals… in December.

This makes it official – Overeem will have had the Strikeforce belt for over two years without defending it a single fucking time.  This bullshit situation got Steve Cofield rallying the villagers, and he insinuated that drug tests are keeping Alistair overseas:

When the heck will he fight in the U.S. again for Strikeforce? Frankly, we’re starting to think he’s avoiding fighting in the United States. We hate to do it, but there’s was a lot of PED chatter surrounding Overeem when he was at the April Strikeforce event. He defiantly denied the steroid allegations with Ariel Helwani. The picture shows Overeem growing from a 205-pounder to huge 254-pounder in three years.

Who knows what the reason is? It’s clear Overeem doesn’t respect the title or Strikeforce. It’s time to strip him and hold a heavyweight tournament. Make it an eight-man tourney with Fedor as the No. 1 seed. If Overeem wants in, he’s welcome to. It’d be a great way to build up the heavyweight roster and further promote Fedor’s name in the U.S.

As far as the steroid allegations go, the guy has never tested positive – but everyone that chooses to compete in a test free environment will always have questions surrounding them. There’s also that handy chart floating around on his growth from 225 to 250 to that has everyone going ‘hmmm’, although to be fair you’ll notice the ‘early’ pictures are tiny compared to the more recent ones. Is a big picture bigger than a little one? Hmm, I think so!

Oh, and an eight-man Strikeforce HW tournament, with their roster as presently constituted, would be an atrocity within a disaster.  Coker won’t strip Overeem – if he’s smart he’ll just create an interim one and call Overeem’s first defense a unification bout against the Fedor/Rogers winner.

(oh, and if you’re wondering WTF is up with the pic, go here.)

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