Along with Dan Henderson, former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has become MMA’s most high-profile free agent.
With the fighter pay issues seemingly worked out between Zuffa, LLC, and Overeem’s management team Golden Glory, the surprisingly-released champ is now back in talks with Zuffa, with many predicting he (and Henderson) will soon be joining the UFC roster. Perhaps bolstering that speculation is a recent interview with MiddleEasy.com in which the hulking Dutchman reveals that he’s tentatively planning a move to the United States.
“Basically, what I did after (Fabricio) Werdum, we went to New York to check it out, we went to Miami to check it out a little bit; what we did now is we went to Vegas and to LA to check it out because I possibly might be moving there, partially, just to see how it is, meet some people, see what the atmosphere is like, where do I like it, maybe for in the future a gym.”
Due to the nature of the beast, Overeem can’t go into too much detail regarding negotiations with Zuffa, but he readily admits that they are in talks and it’s clear that he’s at least thinking about what his options in the promotion may be.
“It could be either way,” he replied when asked if he would like an immediate shot at the UFC belt or some other high-profile fight (*cough* Brock Lesnar *cough*) in the promotion. “I think with my record and my belts, I could be in line for a title shot, but maybe it would be better to fight somebody else first.”