Why is someone as high up on the food chain as Lorenzo Fertitta commenting on the whereabouts of Alistair Overeem?
Probably because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has a rocky relationship with the 6'8" "musclehead" who doesn't like to fight with sore ribs.
"Demolition Man" opted to take some time off in the wake of his lopsided unanimous decision win over Frank Mir at the UFC 169 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this year in New Jersey. One that prompted him to call out Brock Lesnar, who retired with a loss to "The Reem" in late 2012 and now wrestles for WWE.
It was a bizarre request, considering Overeem had no interest in fighting Junior dos Santos.
During his hiatus, the hulking Dutchman aligned himself with Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Assuming he proves to be a team player, Overeem could find himself training there for a September return, which may or may not be in Japan, based on comments Fertitta made to ESPN:
"Alistair is looking to return in September. We haven't finalized it yet, but he's expressed an interest in fighting in Japan. I don't know if we'll have a spot on the card for that, but I would expect him to come back in that time frame."
Overeem, 34, is just 2-2 inside the Octagon with a pair of knockout losses, a far cry from the days when he held multiple championships in DREAM, Strikeforce and K-1.
But if and when he does come back ... who would you like to see him fight next?