Alistair Overeem reacts to ZUFFA's purchase of Strikeforce, says it's a "Good Development"Posted on March 15, 2011, 12:02 AM by Joey Santosus
"I'm a positive guy. I see things through a positive lens. It can be really, really the best thing [that] ever happened to the sport, if it's used positive, and I see that happening. If it's used negative, then it's going to be a downfall. But I don't see that happening. I see this as a good thing, a good development."
"We're going to have to wait and see how it works out. "The fans are going to get to see the fights that are most appealing to them. I think this is what the sport needs to grow... - For more from Alistair Overeem's appearance on "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani, visit MMAFighting.com
While ZUFFA's recent purchase of Strikeforce has yielded mixed emotions from the MMA community, the promotion's Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem, is among those who are optimistic about the future implications of the new ownership. Like many, Overeem expects the deal to produce exciting match-ups for fans, but says his focus remains on Fabricio Werdum, whom he will face in June as part of the ongoing Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum is set to take place June 18th from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The stacked card will be headlined by the quarterfinal elimination bout between Heavyweight Champ Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, while the co-main event will feature Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers going head to head in their own quarterfinal match-up.