Heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein, had some choice words during an interview with Russian website Tribuna Sports about Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem being a “steroid bully” and not deserving a shot at the M-1 Global poster boy.
Finkelstein further added that the Dutchman, who has fighting obligations with Strikeforce, Dream, and K1, has fought a number of unimpressive competitors.
“I personally think that Alistair Overeem did not reach the desired level to challenge Fedor. He beat a lot of no-name opponents in mixed martial arts. Overeem defeated Paul Buentello and then disappeared from the United States for more than two years, which is simply ridiculous. He has nothing to offer for Fedor Emelianenko, except being a steroid bully,” he said.
Overeem’s last Strikeforce performance was over two years ago when he verbally submitted Paul Buentello with knee strikes to the body. Since then, the 29-year old has kept himself busy, fighting seven more times in various organizations.
The Dutchman’s rumored return to Strikeforce will be marked by a non-title fight in May against one of Fedor’s former challengers, Brett Rogers.
Fedor’s return to action was also rumored to take place on the highly anticipated CBS show in April—headlined by a middleweight title fight between Dan Henderson and Jake Shields—but in recent days, news has been reported that “The Last Emperor” will be facing Fabricio Werdum sometime in May.
Ironically, Fedor’s management was quoted saying they preferred alleged steroid abuser, Josh Barnett, as a potential opponent.
“We are more interested in fighting Josh Barnett, who is currently disqualified until September. When he returns from his suspension and if he tests clean, we might consider fighting him,” Finkelstein said.