Strikeforce heavyweight champion, DREAM interim heavyweight champion and K-1 World Grand Prix champion Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem will be looking to add Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner to his impressive resume, as it was recently announced by Strikeforce that the Dutch behemoth will be putting his Strikeforce belt on the line in that tournament.
Speaking with MMAJunkie.com recently, Overeem discussed the tournament bracket, his future plans and what he hopes to accomplish by fighting in the Grand Prix.
“All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights,” said Overeem. “I’m a little surprised about it, and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight. I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it.”
With several belts to defend, Overeem will likely be a very busy man over the next year. Though his focus is primarily on his upcoming bout with Fabricio Werdum in the Strikeforce tournament’s opening round, Overeem told MMAJunkie that he is also looking forward to defending his DREAM title as soon as his schedule opens up.
“When my schedule allows it, I will always try to find more fights,” he said. “I’m an active fighter, so I will never say no to a fight if my management can make the fight. I’m focusing on one fight at a time, and my management will talk to the promoter and see when we are ready to fight in Japan.”
Overeem explained that his goal for the upcoming tournament is not only to retain his belt, but to prove to the world that he is the best fighter in Strikeforce and the world.
“I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce,” Overeem said. “Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world.”
Overeem’s tournament debut has not yet been scheduled, but it has been officially revealed that his opponent will be Fabricio Werdum, whom he lost to in PRIDE FC’s 2006 Openweight Tournament.