|Posted by Mark Figula on November 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM|
By Mark Figula, The Mouth of MMA Senior Editor
With Fedor's June 26th loss to Fabricio Werdum, much of the MMA community has re-focused their "champ vs. champ" chatter to an Alistair Overeem vs. the current U.F.C. Heavyweight Champ discussion. In this exclusive interview with the Strikeforce heavyweight king, Alistair addresses the possibilities of that fight being made in the future and tells us of his dream heavyweight tournament...
Mark Figula for TheMouthofMMA.com: MMA fans are clamoring to see you take on the top heavyweights. Is there any plan to focus on MMA more at some point in the future?
Alistair Overeem: Yes, I have stated many times that I would love to fight M.M.A. Unfortunately, there were no fights for me any time soon, so I made the decision to fight K-1 instead of waiting until Fedor signs his Strikeforce contract or Werdum is back from his injury.
Mark Figula: When will we see you in Strikeforce again?
Alistair Overeem: I’m aiming my return around April, because after the K-1 I'm in need of a small holiday, people need to understand that the K-1 final is not a joke, if I make it to the finals I have to fight 3 times.
Mark Figula: Any chance of seeing you in the UFC someday?
Alistair Overeem: Someday maybe, but for now it’s not on my mind. I have a contract with K-1 and Strikeforce so those organizations have my priority at the moment.
Mark Figula: Which current heavyweight do you think poses the greatest threat?
Alistair Overeem: I can’t name one because it’s too close of call, but I have to say; Fedor and Werdum. If I have to include the UFC fighters I have to say; Cain and Dos Santos.
Mark Figula: In your own past fights, what opponent hit the hardest?
Alistair Overeem: It’s not about getting hit hard, it’s about timing that makes KO’s, but I have to say that Ben Edwards my last K-1 opponent hit very hard. I felt his power.
Mark Figula: If you were to be walking away from MMA after only one more fight, who would the fight be with?
Alistair Overeem: To be honest, I don’t know there are so many intriguing fights that naming one is useless.
Mark Figula: In what way does your striking style change from K-1 to MMA, and which rules/gloves do you prefer to strike with?
Alistair Overeem: I don’t mind, I like both, M.M.A. and the K-1 gloves. You have to adjust some things if you fight K-1 or M.M.A. but that has to do with distances and stance, but a punch is a punch and a kick is kick.
Mark Figula: Your documentary shows you submitting Fedor. How do training sessions with him usually go?
Alistair Overeem: That was a long time ago, I didn’t train with him that much but it was just do some stand up sparring and grappling. Nothing special than any other training.
Mark Figula: As a fan of MMA, what would be a dream match-up you’d like to see?
Alistair Overeem: I would love to see a cross promotion between the top heavyweights from Strikeforce versus UFC. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see:
All the fights on one event!
Mark Figula: Most recently you and Coenen have represented the Dutch well in MMA. Are there any Dutch prospects on the horizon we should keep an eye on?
Alistair Overeem: To be honest there are not many new comers I can think of. Hans Stringer is a prospect but I don’t know if he’s still fighting haven’t heard from him a long time. He’s not fighting that much.
Mark Figula: Can you comment on Lodewijk Asscher’s attempts to ban MMA in Amsterdam?
Alistair Overeem: I don’t understand anything about the decision, but they don’t want to ban M.M.A. and kickboxing. They want have a law where they can reject the license when they want. So if they have done everything right they want to have the power to pull the plug a week before the event. That’s not fair and their arguments are very weak. I hope we can take a stand to this and make sure M.M.A. and kickboxing can still be organized in Amsterdam.
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