Dana White clearly has nothing against current Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, but White let it be known that there is definitely no rush to bring him over to the UFC. And the whole business of Overeem being considered one of the top 10 ranking fighters? Dana says he finds it “hilarious.”
“Listen, I like Alistair Overeem,” White said. “I see him all the time. Cool guy. But there’s no urgency on my part to get him into the UFC.
I actually find it hilarious that he’s ranked in the top 10 by some of the websites. I find it hilarious. What has he done in MMA to be ranked in the top 10? I’d like somebody here to answer that question. We’ve got a lot of media guys here; what has Alistair Overeem done to be ranked in the top 10 of mixed martial arts’ heavyweight division?”
One can surely argue with White on this. Although he loss to several MMA legends including Chuck Liddell, Shogun Rua and Fabricio Werdum, he also has a win over current top UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, and was the first and current Strikeforce heavyweight champion. But apparently that still isn’t good enough in the eyes of Mr.White.
“How do you figure because he’s such a good K-1 fighter (that) he can parlay that into being a mixed-martial-arts fighter?” an exasperated White asked. “That’s what makes the mixed-martial-arts media [expletive] stupid – that they would even rank this guy in the top 10 because he’s fighting in K-1. That makes absolutely no [expletive] sense, and I would love to hear somebody make sense of this guy being ranked in the top 10.
Has he fought anybody worth mentioning? Uh, yeah that would help. Guys that fight the top guys in the top 10, three times a year in mixed martial arts – those are the guys that are ranked in the top 10. How bout the fact that he’s fighting in K-1, where you just kick and punch? There’s no wrestling, there’s no this, and there’s no that. How does any credible [expletive] MMA guy put him in the top 10 in the heavyweight division? It’s hilarious.”
According to MMA Junkie, in most online polls being taken, Overeem has been ranked between the No. 10 and N0. 5 spots, but White just doesn’t buy it, and even compared the hype for Overeem to MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
“You know what this is? Another Fedor thing,” he said. “UFC doesn’t have him, so we’re going to rank him in the top 10 even though the guy is only fighting in f***ing K-1.
F***ing great guy. I like Overeem. I have nothing but respect for him. But it’s an absolute f***ing joke that anybody would rank him in the top 10. And anybody that wants to debate with me, and tell me why Alistair should be ranked, f***ing fire away. I’m ready. I want to hear it. Can’t wait. If on your rankings you have him in the top 10, you should be f***ing embarrassed.”