Friday, July 29, 2011

It Was Bound to Happen: Alistair Overeem Released from Strikeforce [Video]

HDNet's Inside MMA broke news this evening that Strikeforce has released heavyweight Alistair Overeem.

The Strikeforce Heavyweight GP semifinalist refused to compete in the September 10 semifinals. Overeem attributed his refusal to a broken toe. Inside MMA further noted additional injuries of the ribs and elbow also contributed to Reem's decision not to participate on the September card. Overeem was firm in his desire and expectation to compete in an October Strikeforce HW GP event. However, Zuffa was equally firm in keeping the scheduled September date.

Daniel Cormier will fill Overeem's slot, taking on Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the semifinals in September. On the opposite side of the brackets, Sergei Kharitonov and Josh Barnett will square off.

Let's face it, Brock Lesnar/Cain Velasquez/Junior dos Santos/Josh Barnett/any elite Zuffa heavyweight vs. Alistair Overeem was just too good to be true.

Right now, the message boards are going crazy. The major theme trending among fans is "where will Overeem fight next?". Well, news from earlier this week revealed that Overeem will probably appear on an October United Glory card. Then, let's not forget that Alistair is still Dream's Interim Heavyweight Champion. Oh yeah, what about that One FC that's making a lot of noise in Thailand. They have money, a major broadcast deal, and they are in the midst of a huge push for fighters.

Things just got interesting and I there's still much more to come...

Ron Kruck has it covered for Inside MMA after the break:

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