It’s been over two years since Alistair Overeem defeated Paul Buentello to become the first Strikeforce heavyweight champion. Since that time, the Dutch heavyweight has fought seven times, although not for Strikeforce. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Raj Giri of FightLine.com that he’s confident that Overeem will be returning shortly.
“We’re going to probably invite Alistair to fight on the [April] CBS Card,” Coker told FightLine.com after the Strikeforce: Evolution post-fight press conference. “Hopefully you’ll be seeing his debut on that card to build up [a fight with] Fedor.”
Coker all but confirmed that Fedor Emelianenko would be facing Fabricio Werdum on the CBS card, although he noted that it’s “not guaranteed.”
“That’s not confirmed, but he [Werdum] had a great fight against [Antonio] Silva,” he said. “4.5 million people watched that fight and 5.5 million people watched the Fedor fight, so I would think that would be a natural progression.”
Coker hopes that the CBS card would lead to an eventual bout between Overeem and Fedor. If Fedor were to get past Werdum, he would be fighting Overeem for the Strikeforce heavyweight championship on the last fight of his current deal with the organization. However, Coker noted that he was hopeful that we would be seeing Fedor fight for Strikeforce after his current deal ends.
“Without going into the contract details, there’s some negotiation periods and options and things like that so hopefully we’ll have Fedor fight for more than two [additional] fights,” he stated. “And we can have him fight all of our guys.”
Coker announced that a date and location has yet to be determined for the CBS card, although it will likely be towards the middle or the end of the April.