Friday, November 6, 2009

Coker: Saturday's HW Fights Are Start of Tournament. Winner Fights Overeem For Belt

According to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the winners of the two heavyweight fights (Fedor vs. Rogers and Werdum vs. "Junior" Silva) on the main card this Saturday will later face each other determine the next challenger to the Stirkeforce heavyweight belt held by Alistair Overeem (31-11 1 N/C). This eventual winner would be Alistair`s very first challenger, too, which is kinda odd since Overeem won the belt almost two years ago in his very first Strikeforce bout, against Paul Buentello (27-10). Overeem has stayed active in the interim, fighting six times and going 5-0 with one no contest. However, few in North America have noticed because, during that span, Overeem has fought only in Japan and his native Holland. Rumours of performance enhancers abound, but there's no proof it's the reason he's been avoiding scraps stateside.

From Scott Coker:

“We know Alistair (Overeem) will be fighting in the first quarter of next year. Depending on the outcome of this fight and the next, we can work on putting a fight together. You see the match up potential between the winner of the Silva vs. Werdum fight and the winner of the Fedor vs. Rogers fight. I think it would make sense for those two guys to fight each other in the future depending on how things go. Then, Alistair can come in later and fight the winner of that fight. We have some great heavyweight fights upcoming and we are looking forward to promoting them. I believe Alistair will be available in the first quarter. We will get him in the mix as well as some other heavyweights we will announce here in the next week or so.”

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