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WTF, Alistair and Zuffa???

It’s been less that 24 hours since we learned that Alistair Overeem was cut by Strikeforce, and the interwebs are still reeling from the shock. Everyone was so hyped up that we’d finally see Ubereem fighting some decent competition. Now it seems he will split his time fighting for his camp’s promotion and in Japan against whatever canny opponents are provided.

So how did we get here? Some point to the last straw being Overeem appearing on a United Glory kickboxing poster promoting a fight in Russia for October. But word is the release happened on July 22nd, BEFORE that event was announced. Still, it may have been Overeem’s (well documented) interest in fighting for other orgs that led Zuffa to say fuck it and tear up his contract:

Sources say that Zuffa was offering a new contract which did not allow Overeem the same freedoms as his previous Strikeforce contract did. Overeem has been fighting regularly for K-1 while under contract to Strikeforce and has made a lot of money doing so. Zuffa won’t allow their fighters to fight in K-1 or any other promotion.

According to another report, from Dave Meltzer, Overeem’s management at Golden Glory were angling for him to ported over from Strikeforce to the UFC as Nick Diaz was recently. Diaz’s contract was similar to Overeem’s in that it had a provision allowing him to take a professional boxing match if he wanted to.

And more from Dave Meltzer, who points towards the ‘injuries are just a convenient excuse’ line of thinking many of us are following:

But others have said Overeem’s management was considering that date if certain unnamed demands were met, which led to Zuffa officials being upset when Overeem went public with the story and blamed his pulling out on the injury.

To back up their injury claims, Overeem’s camp have just released their latest episode of The Reem where Alistair visits a doctor (the day the release was announced) who points to a crack in his rib.

“I’m very happy that I now have the confirmation for my story to cancel the fight, because canceling a fight is never nice,” Overeem says on the video. “I’m the fighter who always wants to fight. The Strikeforce [Grand Prix] is something I really wanted to win. But also, I realize that I have to be fit to fight, of course. I felt I was not fit going into training, and now this to back up my story, feels good.”

“I am glad my excuse now sounds less ridiculous than when it was just an injured pinky I fought through the Werdum fight with.”

It seems pretty obvious at this point that the injury wasn’t the reason for the cut, it was Zuffa’s determination that Overeem wasn’t a ‘team player’ and would continue to dick them around for as long as they allowed him to. Dana White and the gang have often shown they’re more than willing to ditch fighters who don’t seem loyal, and I’m sure every time Golden Glory brought up kickboxing in Japan, visions of Alistair walking away after the UFC built him up flashed through Zuffa’s head. Better to cut him now without giving him any more promotion, in their mind.

And of course, it’s the fans that suffer. Another big deal with another potential star falls apart because of big dick swinging. And we’re starting to get a taste of that feces pie boxing fans have been eating for the past 50 years.

  • iamphoenix says:

    the fans suffer, all of 3 people in north america who know who alistair is. whenever i get into a discussion about mma with someone, it stops at explaining what a strikeforce is. it’s like they don’t understand that there are other promotions that do the ultimate fighting fights, not just the UFC. OMG people are retarded.

    also, explaining to my mom the intricacies of the pause button on youtube. and tabs.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    So basically they tried to get him into a standard Zuffa contract and he’s not down?  Oh well, maybe someone will pay him to fight Badr again now that Hari’s looking like more of an equivore than before?

  • kvelertak says:

    Oh well. I’m trying to see Overeem’s side of things, but if he doesn’t really want to test himself as an MMA fighter then that’s his choice.

    He’ll probably wind up working whats left of the japanese circuit fighting nobodies and doing kickboxing. I’ll still watch him kickbox but I’m not putting him in any top 10s for MMA.

  • SHORT_BUS says:

    He obviously wasn’t too interested in fighting for them on any sort of consistant basis so his release was ultimately what was best for all parties involved. He fought Buentello back in November of 2007 then didn’t fight for SF again until May of 2010. Then it took another year to get him back in the SF cage (June 2011) when he fought Werdum.

    Can’t argue with those numbers.

  • Letibleu says:

    When he fought Brett I picked appart his career and tried to get hyped for Overeem. I realized his name should be Overhypped. He has yet to prove himself against 1 real top 10 other than flip flop Werdum.

  • Grappo says:

    Can’t argue with those numbers.

      well you can if you look past the numbers at the other factors like injuries (which forced him out of two scheduled SF bouts), contractual obligations to other orgs, and the fact that until recently Strikeforce didn’t have much of anyone for him to fight.  Go look at SF events after Alistair’s title win and you’ll see that a lot of them didn’t even have a HW bout on the card.  The Werdum fight should have happened a lot sooner though.

  • SHORT_BUS says:

    Sooooo you can argue with the numbers just as long as you don’t pay any attention to them?


  • Grappo says:

    I can argue with the numbers because numbers are just numbers and to completely ignore everything else is just lazy and quite franky, stupid. It’s not that I’m not paying attention to them, I’m putting them in context.


  • kvelertak says:

    GSP only fights like twice a year.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    gsp fights twice a year because he’s either injured, doing tuf, or waiting for a clear cut number one contender. he’s not dicking around the ufc or getting injured in bar fights.

  • CAP says:

    Reem is unique that he has more options than most. It would be nice if he was only focused on MMA and wanted to be the best. News flash: these guys have egos. You want to be the baddest dude in the world then have others try and tell you what you can and can’t do? Probably doesn’t work out to well.

    LOL at Zuffa always talking about being “team players” yet ripping on “team mates” not fighting each other.

    This blows.