clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

MMA Quick Quote: Alistair Overeem is afraid of Brett Rogers

Props: MMA Fanhouse


"I don't think Overeem was ever planning on fighting Brett. I think Overeem is afraid of (him). He's afraid of a big striker who is going to knock him out. ... I don't think anyone is going to admit that, but I'm not going to shy away from it. He's had two opportunities to fight Brett but he hasn't taken either of him. If you are under 250 pounds right now, just forget about fighting Brett Rogers because all that is going to happen is that you are going to get your head spun around."

--Mike Reilly, trainer and manager for Strikeforce heavyweight smashing machine Brett Rogers, reacts unfavorably towards the recent announcement of current heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem defending his title against Fabricio Werdum in a rematch from their 2006 PRIDE bout that ended with a "Vai Cavalo" submission win. Like Reilly, many fans wondered why the June knockout of Andrei Arlovski was not enough to get "The Grim" dibs on Overeem's gold at the upcoming "Carano vs. Cyborg" mega-card on August 15. Is "Demolition Man," who recently went to K-1 to take on some of the world's best kickboxers, afraid of a Rogers KO? Or did he simply see Werdum as the bigger and more accomplished threat? What say you?

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania