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Alistair Overeem: Compared to MMA, K-1 is easy

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"Though they look similar, they are totally different sports. There is no fighter who holds the top title in both [K-1 and MMA]. If the other top eight K-1 fighters fought me in MMA, I would beat them in two or three minutes. It's a different arena. Anyway, K-1 isn't my ultimate goal. It's a side road. A checkpoint. I just want to have fun. If it's not, I'll just go back to MMA. MMA is a tough sport. There are five, five-minute rounds, and you have stand-up and ground techniques. You have not only punches, but you get kneed in the face repeatedly. Then K-1 is three, three-minute rounds. PRIDE had 10 minutes per round, right? Even with conditions like that, I am one of the top fighters. Compared to that, K-1 is easy."

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem looks to "have fun" when he enters the FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2009 FINAL on Dec. 5 opposite Brazil's Ewerton Teixeira. "Demolition Man" hasn't lost an MMA match in nearly two years -- a win streak that actually began when he submitted Paul Buentello to capture the title back in 2007. The only problem is he hasn't even attempted to defend his title once since that time. Perhaps the conclusion of his participation in the "easy" K-1 tournament will send him back to the States, hungry to defend the crown?

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