Alistair Overeem says boxing is the number one combat sport and more popular than MMA

But tell us how you really feel!

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem continues his popularity free-fall in the eyes of many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans after his recent appearance on The Fight Show with Mauro Ranallo.

"Demolition Man," who looked vulnerable during an uninspired unanimous decision win over what was thought to be a grotesquely overmatched Fabricio Werdum, was yanked from the semifinals of the promotion's heavyweight grand prix tournament on Sept. 10 due to a bum toe.

Now, Benedict Overeem further endears himself to the MMA community by suggesting it's second fiddle in comparison to Boxing, a combat sport "The Reem" feels is "still number one."

But is he chasing money? Or a dream fight against Wladimir Klitschko? Hear it straight from the horse's meat mouth:

"If I fight Klitschko now, I mean this guy, he is not for nothing the champion of how many leagues, like five? The thing is, it's an interesting thought, it's an interesting idea. Let's cut to the chase, there's a lot of money to be made in boxing. It is the most popular combat sport out there. I mean, MMA is doing really well and it might overtake boxing but boxing is still the number one. If you look at the revenues made by boxing it is a big difference, a big difference."

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 -- still has some unfinished business in MMA.

He's expected to defend his Strikeforce title against the winner of the heavyweight tournament in early 2012 before transitioning to the ranks of the UFC.

But will the call of big paydays in the "sweet science" lure him away? Or will one brutal knockout loss send him back to the cage with his tail between his legs?

What do you make of his recent boxing comments, Maniacs?  A negotiating tactic? Or pipe dream?

Sound off!

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