Here’s Alistair Overeem explaining why he’s not going to be fighting at this weekend’s DREAM card. What, DREAM is disorganized? Well I never!
“After my Rogers fight, I decided to take time off and do media appearances – (the) MMA expo in Canada, E3 expo (and) Strikeforce events – and enjoy some time off with my family,” Overeem stated. “I knew DREAM wanted me on the show, but I didn’t want to go back [into] training preparation. Then, they offered me a fight against Andrei Arlovski for the DREAM heavyweight title.
“As I have said on (numerous) occasions, fighting for a belt means something more, and I wanted that DREAM title so much that as a result, I agreed to lay off my media and holiday plans and went back into training.”
That’s when things went awry for the Dutch fighter.
“During my training I found out that Arlovski was not going to be my opponent, and [DREAM] changed opponents numerous times,” Overeem stated. “I’ve heard names like Tim Sylvia and (Ikuhisa) Minowa come about. At one point, I received notice that they had found a opponent, but the DREAM heavyweight title was not on the line anymore.
“With all the changes and the title fight no longer a possibility, I immediately turned down the opportunity.”
In an earlier article, Overeem’s camp sounded so annoyed at the situation that they said he may never fight for the organization again. That might be easier if DREAM wasn’t owned by the same guys who run K-1. They throw lots of yen Alistair’s way and you gotta imagine all that horse meat ain’t cheap.
Hopefully all sides will come to an agreement over the future because you know it would be a terrible tragedy if we didn’t get to see Overeem in Japan fighting guys like James Thompson, Ironhead Fujita (who’s head has not been so iron since 2008), and Ricco Rodriguez, who had won the big game of musical chairs and was the guy DREAM announced would fight Overeem this weekend.