Overeem removed from Strikeforce Grand Prix

by Guilherme Cruz | source: tatame.com
 

Earlier today Alistair Overeem told Ariel HelwaniStrikeforce-Grand-Prix/" target="_blank"> during the MMA hour he was in the middle of a disagreement with Strikeforce on him fighting in September. Many speculated that he might even be removed from the tournament, but now it seems it was just an injury that will keep him out:

"Sept. 10 was the date Showtime wants us to go, so it's the date we've got to go," White said. "It's unfortunate that Alistair is unavailable, but situations like this are why there are alternates in the tournament."

According to the UFC boss, it's simple. Overeem is hurt, but the show must go on.

"Overeem is under contract, and when his pinky toe heals up, we'll get him another fight," White said.

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The story was first reported by Tatame:

The champion is out.

Alistair Overeem, the Strikeforce heavyweight champion, defeated Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce GP’s first round, but he’s no longer fighting at the tournament.

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Jump Kick site profile image  

7/21/11 7:46 AM by Jump Kick

Truly horrible news. This kills the gp which was one of the best things to take place in mma in the last year. Just horrible.-jk

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7/21/11 7:46 AM by Jump Kick

Truly horrible news. This kills the gp which was one of the best things to take place in mma in the last year. Just horrible.-jk

32m site profile image  

7/21/11 2:39 AM by 32m

<<<why make allowances? it's bad business. the show must go on, if a fighter is injured they replace him or cancel the fight. imagine how messy it would get if they postponed every time. can't do business that way, just wouldn't work.and don't whine, sounds fucking childish. "one exception" please, is he 5 years old?>>>I agree, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Futhermore, now SF tourney champ is out and he didn't even lose? Nah...I don't like it.

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7/21/11 2:39 AM by 32m

<<<why make allowances? it's bad business. the show must go on, if a fighter is injured they replace him or cancel the fight. imagine how messy it would get if they postponed every time. can't do business that way, just wouldn't work.and don't whine, sounds fucking childish. "one exception" please, is he 5 years old?>>>I agree, but there are always exceptions to the rule. Futhermore, now SF tourney champ is out and he didn't even lose? Nah...I don't like it.

diggity site profile image  

7/20/11 3:12 PM by diggity

why make allowances? it's bad business. the show must go on, if a fighter is injured they replace him or cancel the fight. imagine how messy it would get if they postponed every time. can't do business that way, just wouldn't work.and don't whine, sounds fucking childish. "one exception" please, is he 5 years old?

diggity site profile image  

7/20/11 3:12 PM by diggity

why make allowances? it's bad business. the show must go on, if a fighter is injured they replace him or cancel the fight. imagine how messy it would get if they postponed every time. can't do business that way, just wouldn't work.and don't whine, sounds fucking childish. "one exception" please, is he 5 years old?

Whambo site profile image  

7/20/11 12:47 PM by Whambo

The tournament now is worth probably 75% less than it was. I never agreed that the winner should be considered #1 HW, but now we know it doesn't, as not even SF's #1 HW is in it.Overeem was smart to not take the fight. UFC doesn't make PPV events not even two months before the event, knowing the main card is going to include a guy rehabbing an injury and thus needs adequate time to prepare.And SF thought they could make a PPV out of the tournie final...lol. Even with Zuffa's tit to suckle from SF is still bush league in comparison. I used to support SF, but this past year between not keeping their fighters active, losing Cyborg, letting Fedor have too much control, delaying SF events which took some of the momentum off the tournie, and now finally fucking over their #1 fighter.

Whambo site profile image  

7/20/11 12:47 PM by Whambo

The tournament now is worth probably 75% less than it was. I never agreed that the winner should be considered #1 HW, but now we know it doesn't, as not even SF's #1 HW is in it.Overeem was smart to not take the fight. UFC doesn't make PPV events not even two months before the event, knowing the main card is going to include a guy rehabbing an injury and thus needs adequate time to prepare.And SF thought they could make a PPV out of the tournie final...lol. Even with Zuffa's tit to suckle from SF is still bush league in comparison. I used to support SF, but this past year between not keeping their fighters active, losing Cyborg, letting Fedor have too much control, delaying SF events which took some of the momentum off the tournie, and now finally fucking over their #1 fighter.

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7/20/11 12:21 PM by MTH

To me, I see pulling Overeem from the tournament as the warning. Like I mentioned earlier, it's a way to "fire" Overeem without really firing him--he's still the champ, he can still fight the winner of the tournament, etc. The tournament itself is just a "one off" that will never happen again under Zuffa ownership. So, while disappointing, there's not really much of a loss here, either for Overeem or the fans.However, if Overeem starts negotiating "Fedor-style" leading up to his next HW title defense, and DFW will fire him in a heartbeat. While Overeem may always have suspected that to be true, he knows it beyond doubt now.I still say this was a good play--the only one, really--for Zuffa.

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7/20/11 12:21 PM by MTH

To me, I see pulling Overeem from the tournament as the warning. Like I mentioned earlier, it's a way to "fire" Overeem without really firing him--he's still the champ, he can still fight the winner of the tournament, etc. The tournament itself is just a "one off" that will never happen again under Zuffa ownership. So, while disappointing, there's not really much of a loss here, either for Overeem or the fans.However, if Overeem starts negotiating "Fedor-style" leading up to his next HW title defense, and DFW will fire him in a heartbeat. While Overeem may always have suspected that to be true, he knows it beyond doubt now.I still say this was a good play--the only one, really--for Zuffa.