Recently Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem spoke with MMAFighting about Fedor Emelianenko’s most recent challenge to fight him. Fedor has been unclear about when he would like to fight Overeem, but it finally seems as if he’s ready. But now it looks like Overeem is too busy for “The Last Emperor.”
“I’m going to fight in the K-1 tournament, so my first fight will be October for the Final 16 in Korea,” Overeem said of his current fight plans. “If I win the fight, I will advance to the Final 8 in Japan. That fight will be in December.”
Overeem was planning on facing off with Fedor after he (Fedor) would win the match against Fabricio Werdum, but to everyone’s surprise, Fedor lost. And after that, Overeem seems only interested in fighting Werdum.
“I’ve stated many times that Strikeforce was my number one priority, but after Fedor lost to Werdum, I had no intention of fighting somebody other than Werdum,” he said. “I came to the States to challenge the winner of the fight and that was Werdum, so no need to fight somebody else. Furthermore, I like K-1 very much and there are not many opportunities to stay fighting in K-1, so I want to fight if I still can. One of my goals is to be K-1 champion and this is my chance.”
Fighting Fedor doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon either, as Overeem is busy with K-1 until the year’s end, and he doesn’t plan on waiting around for Fedor.
“No, unfortunately not,” said Overeem of the possibility of facing Emelianenko by the New Year. “The reason is because if I enter the Final 16 and win, I will fight the K-1 Final in December. My decision was made because nothing was certain and Strikeforce and M-1 didn’t act fast enough when I made my decision to start K-1 training. Now I read on the internet that Fedor and his management want to fight me all of sudden. Do they really need two months of thinking and negotiating? I think it’s a little strange to be honest. If Fedor challenged me right after the fight it would have been something to take in consideration, but the M-1 management started to say that all the polls on several websites stated that people rather have a Fedor vs. Werdum rematch then a fight against me. There we have another lie by M-1 because every poll I have read stated the opposite and showed that everybody want to see Fedor versus me. Check their current poll at their own Web site.”
But if all goes well and that’s a big IF, Overeem says he will at some point be interested in a bout with Fedor, but not any time soon.
“If Fedor stays in Strikeforce and beats Antonio Silva and I win my fight against Werdum, then there is a big possibility that I will face him,” said Overeem. “So I still think I will meet him in the cage eventually.”