Finally putting a rest to all of the rumors surrounding the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion’s next title defense, K-1 recently announced on their official site that Alistair Overeem will next be competing at the Fields K-1 World GP 2010 in Seoul-Final 16- this October 2nd and 3rd. Overeem will take on Australian Ben Edwards, who fights out of the Bulldog Gym and has been on a tear as of late.
Overeem had promised to become more active as the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion but had those plans derailed as an expected bout with MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko fell through after “The Last Emperor” was defeated via submission by Fabricio Werdum. With Werdum out on injury leave and Emelianenko’s position as confusing as ever, “Demolition Man” decided to stay active by competing in the upcoming K-1 World Grand Prix. Overeem, Strikeforce’s first heavyweight champion, has defended his belt only once since defeating Paul Buentello in 2007 to earn it. The Golden Glory team member recently manhandled Brett Rogers to make his first successful belt defense with a first round TKO.
Ben Edwards recently won the K-1 Oceania 2010 GP and has a K-1 record of three wins with one loss. He burnt through the competition at the Oceania GP, knocking out all three of his opponents in the first round.