“All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights,” he said. “I’m a little surprised about it, and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight. I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it.”
What’s to become of the work that Overeem has done in K-1 and DREAM? Will he defend his new belts this year?
“When my schedule allows it, I will always try to find more fights,” he said. “I’m a active fighter, so I will never say no to a fight if my management can make the fight.
“I’m focusing on one fight at a time, and my management will talk to the promoter and see when we are ready to fight in Japan.”
But for now, Overeem’s sights are set stateside.
“I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce,” he said. “Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world.”