Alistair Overeem Says Failed Contract Negotiations Led to Strikeforce Release
By FCF Staff
Alistair Overeem appeared on HDNet’s “Inside MMA” Friday to discuss his recent dismissal from Strikeforce and what he believes led to his release.
According to the promotion’s former heavyweight champion, negotiations with Strikeforce regarding a contract extension were not going well, as the promotion was looking to sign Overeem to an exclusive deal that would not allow him to compete in K-1, DREAM, or the UFC. The Dutch fighter expressed his desire to fight in the UFC, but that according to him, parent company Zuffa was not interested in having him do so.
Overeem also discussed how injuries played a factor in preventing him from competing in the September 10th semi-finals of Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand-Prix, and in keeping with previous statements, the 31 year-old alleged that his relationship with Zuffa took a turn for the worse at that juncture.
Overeem also discussed the recent release of Golden Glory teammates Marloes Coenen, brother Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo. The full interview is above.