Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and Dream fighter Alistair Overeem was the guest on the most recent edition of PWB’s Official Podcast Hotline with Lex and Ian, located at http://www.pwbpodcastlive.com.
In a candid interview, Overeem discussed his controversial fight with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovi? in September, and his upcoming fights with kickboxer Badr Hari.
On “Cro Cop’s” invitation to fight him in his “personal cage” in Poland:
“I don’t take that seriously at all…We’re professionals, and what we do is we want to show the fans a great fight, and we’re gonna get paid for that. And what we don’t do is we don’t scuffle on the street and send each other invitations to fight in each other’s basements. I mean, are we professionals, or what?”
“If he wants to talk, let’s just talk in the ring…Accept the fight, let’s just go in the ring and settle this once and for all and not make such strange, unprofessional requests…”
On “Cro Crop’s” injury during their fight:
“I did land some knees in his groin. I believe two. I received a caution from the referee. Basically, Mirko didn’t continue to fight because he stated one of his balls was injected into his stomach. But, I don’t know about that…he didn’t go to the hospital after the fight. He said that, and he didn’t continue to fight, but I don’t know. I have my doubts about it, although I do respect him as a fighter. I think he’s great. I love his fights in the past. He’s showed great fights, great technique, but I don’t know about this injury. I just don’t know.”
On his upcoming kickboxing and MMA rules fights against Badr Hari:
“To be quite honest, I think I have more chance of beating him in a K1 rules fight than he has to beat me in an MMA rules fight.”
YouTube clip of Overeem’s comments about “Cro Cop”:
For the full interview, including more of Overeem’s thoughts on his upcoming fights with Badr Hari, Strikeforce, and the future of the Dream promotion, check out pwbpodcastlive.com, or search “pwb podcast” on ITunes and subscribe today.