According to HDNet’s Inside MMA and MMAFighting.com, the Strikeforce promotion has cut their heavyweight champion, Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem, from their roster.
Currently, few details are known as to why Overeem has been released and the promotion won’t say either way whether or not The Reem has actually been let go.
The Demolition Man was in contract renegotiation talks with the promotion, as he was coming up on the last fight of his current contract. That fight was expected to come against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this fall in the semi-finals round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Overeem pulled out of that fight — and by consequence, the tournament — due to injury-related scheduling conflicts.
Overeem took part in the promotion’s inaugural heavyweight title bout in 2007 against Paul Buentello, defeating The Headhunter via second round submission. Owing to a non-exclusive contract and Overeem’s frequent forays into K-1 kickboxing tournaments, the horse-meat-fed champion has only fought in the promotion twice since then, defending the belt against Brett Rogers and taking out Fabricio Werdum in a lackluster rematch in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce GP.
It was announced shortly after Overeem’s removal from the tournament that the 31-year-old champion would be taking part in a MMA event this October — United Glory World Series, which will take place in Moscow, Russia — headed by his Golden Glory trainer Martin De Jong.
It was indicated by HDNet that Overeem has been plagued by more serious injuries than he’s let on and he may possibly be suffering a broken toe as well as issues with his ribs and an elbow.
We’ll bring more details as they emerge.