Overeem: I said go ahead and cut me

source: mmajunkie.com

"There were some contract negotiations for an extension in Strikeforce, and basically what happened was there were a lot of terms in there which we couldn't live with," Overeem said on Friday's new edition of "Inside MMA" on HDNet. "One was fighting exclusively for Strikeforce. Basically that would mean I'd have to let K-1 go, DREAM go, and even the possibility of fighting for the UFC. I'm always a guy looking up and looking further. The UFC is where the top guys are, so that's my ultimate goal, to become the UFC champion.

"But basically they wanted to keep me in Strikeforce."

"Basically, there were some threats from the side of Strikeforce. 'If you're not going to compete [on] Sept. 10, we're going to cut you from the tournament. Then the communication harshened a little bit. 'If you don't compete in the tournament, you're going to be cut from Strikeforce entirely.' That was really like a threat. I was like, 'Go ahead and cut me then.'

"They didn't ask me for any medical evidence or anything. I don't know what they were thinking."

With the UFC and Strikeforce now falling under the same ownership group, he's not sure who exactly is calling the shots.

"It's unclear where their priorities are and if it's one entity or two. I don't exactly know if that's the case, but from what I understand, they wanted to keep me in Strikeforce to build the Strikeforce brand. But for me, I want to go where the top guys are, and that's the UFC."

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SamboMMA site profile image  

8/7/11 9:40 AM by SamboMMA


ghost842 site profile image  

8/7/11 7:48 AM by ghost842

Hasn't dream been know to slow pay fighters? Watch Reem go on to fight in Dream and not get paid

spliff site profile image  

8/7/11 7:30 AM by spliff

 reverse psychology fail

FerrozzoFan site profile image  

8/7/11 7:22 AM by FerrozzoFan

hurry up and get him in the UFC so he can get exposed and we can quit talking about him

LBH_RN site profile image  

8/7/11 6:37 AM by LBH_RN

the Reem at 100% = unstoppable. get him in the UFC already. After Cain/JDS...who else is there to be an actual threat for the strap?

Steve4192 site profile image  

8/6/11 6:43 PM by Steve4192

So, he literally asked for it.It was quite nice of Zuffa to grant him his wish.

MattyECB site profile image  

8/6/11 6:30 PM by MattyECB

Well, would you want to give up your only alternative for the wonderful prize of SF lol Can't blame the guy

thisisnotphilip site profile image  

8/6/11 3:49 PM by thisisnotphilip

"Basically that would mean I'd have to let K-1 go, DREAM go, and even the possibility of fighting for the UFC."watch him let go of k-1 and dream in seconds as soon as dana knocks on that door...

32m site profile image  

8/6/11 12:48 PM by 32m

I forgot to add that Reem had no choice but to be asked to get cut. His ribs were broken.

32m site profile image  

8/6/11 12:46 PM by 32m

Showtime insisted on Sept and Reem wasn't ready. I think Dana cut him for a bunch of reasons:1) DW wanted to make a statement that there is no putting Zuffa promotions on hold anymore. 2) Golden Glory situation3) Wants him in the UFC. With Showtime in the way and not liking Zuffa...it makes it harder to put on a show for showtime's schedule. It's likely easier to make the schedules work for both Reem and the UFC, than Reem, SF, and ST.