UFC President Dana White has confirmed talks between his company and Alistair Overeem are progressing in the right direction, a sign the Strikeforce heavyweight champion could be entering the Octagon soon.
Earlier month, Overeem and several of his Golden Glory teammates were released from their contracts with Zuffa – the parent company of both the UFC and Strikeforce.
Now, after both Overeem and members of his management team has made mention of ongoing talks between the two sides, White himself confirmed.
“We’re talking to Overeem. When everything fell apart, you guys heard me come out and say, ‘We can’t do business with these guys the way these guys want to do business,’ meaning his management. Well they’ve changed their opinions on how they can do business with us, so now we can,” White said.
Bas Boon, Golden Glory’s leader, has said previously that he would be willing to sign an exclusive contract with the UFC, a holding point in previous negotiations between the sides.
Overeem is also the defending K-1 World Grand Prix champion, having captured that title last December to go along with his Strikeforce gold.
After earning a win to advance in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, “The Demolition Man” pulled out of the semifinals, citing injuries. That allowed Zuffa to release him from his current contract.