DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 04: Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem attends The Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Party presented by Sports Illustrated and Bacardi at Music Hall At Fair Park on February 4 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Bacardi)
Alistair Overeem might want to think about changing his name from "Demolition Man" to "Superman."
The reigning Strikeforce and DREAM (mixed martial arts) and K-1 World Grand Prix (kickboxing) champion -- the first and only fighter to hold simultaneous world titles in both combat sports -- is thinking about adding another accomplishment to his already impressive resume:
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
However, the hulking Dutchman is apparently not setting his sights too high. He recently spoke about making a transition to the "Sweet Science" and challenging Vitali Klitschko, the current WBC world heavyweight champion.
Vitali's younger brother, Wladimir, is the current WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion. He's pretty much been at the head of the class since 2005.
"(After the Strikeforce grand prix tournament) I might go to UFC or boxing. Definitely, (I'm seriously thinking about fighting Vitali Klitschko). I think it matches my personality. I'm always looking for a challenge. That came about in fighting for K-1 and becoming K-1 champion, something nobody ever did before. It would be cool to go to boxing and beat the main guy there. If you give me a good preparation, good sparring partners, which I can arrange, I can fix that, with my background already in kickboxing, my K-1 background, I'm sure I can break some bones."
Overeem has been on an absolute tear since 2007, winning 10 straight MMA bouts in addition to reaching the pinnacle of K-1. He most recently avenged a loss to Fabricio Werdum in the opening round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, winning via uninspiring unanimous decision.
He certainly has work to do before making a move to boxing -- he is lined up to meet Antonio Silva in the tournament semifinals for the right to advance to the finals to meet the winner of Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov.
And if he can emerge victorious in the end, he'll likely have UFC President Dana White throwing money at his feet to fight Cain Velasquez or whoever is wearing the heavyweight belt at the time.
Must be nice to have so many options.