Whether it is a case of miscommunication or furtive behind-the-scenes dealing, a curious story regarding Alistair Overeem's choice of opponent for the upcoming Dynamite!! 2009 has surfaced.
As announced earlier this week, the "Demolition Man" will face Kazuyuki Fujita on New Year's Eve despite the early rumor that a bout with former UFC Heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski, has been in works. While Bas Boon from Golden Glory has stated that the negotiation for the fight between Overeem and Fujita began weeks before the K-1 World Grand Prix Final on Dec. 5, it seems that Arlovski's camp had no knowledge of such proceeding.
As Arlovski and his manager, Leo Khorlinsky, explain, they have been caught off guard by the announcement of Overeem-Fujita bout. In a video chat posted earlier this week on Arlovski's official website, Khorlinsky said that DREAM officially offered Arlovski the Overeem fight. He proceeded to elaborate on the situation: "I actually just off the phone with the Japanese person who were handling so far the communication and paperwork with me, and he basically did not have a logical explanation or any comment in regards to it."
As for Fujita as Overeem's choice of opponent, Boon explained that the hand-selection of Fujita has come about after considering Overeem's intense fighting schedule as of late: Having fought five times in two months, including a victory over Ewerton Teixeira and TKO loss to Badr Hari during the K-1 WGP, Overeem needs a prudent choice of opponent in order to curb the beleaguring effect of the recent string of fights. He also stated that he and Overeem did not have any negotiations with Andrei Arlovski for a fight.
As for Overeem's 2010 schedule, "Demolition Man" plans on taking a well-deserved break for a few months after the New Year's Eve before a K-1 bout in the Spring. Yes, you have read that correctly: He has one more fight left on his K-1 contract and will consummate the contract in March or April. Thus, to the chagrin of already disgruntled fans in the US, Overeem will not make his long overdue defense of his Strikeforce belt until later in 2010.
With Fedor Emelinanenko's next bout scheduled for April, the prospect of Fedor-Overeem bout on CBS now seems dim. To assure (!?) the fans in the US of his impending Strikeforce appearance, here is the quote Overeem delivered to Head Kick Legend: "Prepare America, Alistair is coming, 2010 will be the year of the Dutch cyclone, demolition time in the US!"
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