After several days of speculation and uncertainty, DREAM officials have finally made the heavyweight main event of Dynamite!! 2010 between Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Todd Duffee official.
Duffee and Overeem both issued statements regarding the bout at a press conference held in Tokyo, Japan.
“I’d like to clarify one thing. I asked my manager for this fight,” Duffee said. “I had heard that (DREAM) were having trouble finding an opponent, and that many people had turned down the fight.”
Duffee took the fight on short notice, as the bout is scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve, this Friday. He explained that, as a fighter, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to test himself against one of the best in the world.
“Every fight is a risk. It was a chance to fight a great opponent and to fight in Japan,” he said. “I’m not here to have a padded record or anything; I just want to see what I can do. This was a good chance to do that against a great name.”
For his part, Overeem is happy that he has a solid opponent to square off against for New Year’s Eve and is looking to put on a great show in what could be a bout to decided the next DREAM heavyweight champion.
“I’m glad DREAM found an opponent for me. I’m sure Todd is motivated to put on a good show,” said Overeem. “I hope we can put on a great fight.”
The exact structure and round times of the bout have not been laid out just yet, but Overeem–who recently won the K-1 Grand Prix–is willing to fight under whatever format DREAM sets up.
“I will wait and see what DREAM decides,” Overeem said of the bout’s format. “I think Todd is ready to put on a hard fight, and he has a great record (in UFC) so far, so a title fight is possible. I do know once I have the belt I will defend it. Anyone is welcome to come here and challenge me, and I will fight absolutely anyone to defend it.”
Dynamite!! 2010 is expected to go down this New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air live on HDNet.