It looks like the war of words between Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko and "The Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem has officially underway. Overeem's coach Martijn de Jong stated that Fedor could not be compared in terms of striking to the Dutch heavy-hitter Overeem:
“I feel very good about Alistair's chances. Fedor's striking isn't even close to Alistair's. Technically, Alistair's striking is way ahead of Fedor's. If Fedor ever fought in K-1, they'd kick the s**t out of him. People don't realize how good Alistair's ground game is. He's really looking forward to fighting Fedor.”
Overeem currently trains in the famous Golden Glory Gym in Amsterdime, alongside Semmy Schilt and the female sensation Marloes "Rumina" Coenen, who was defeated by Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos last Saturday at Strikeforce: Miami. The Dutch trainer believes that Overeem's training partners and his K1 background are the key to victory over arguably the best Pound for Pound fighter in the world, stating that Overeem is now fully committed to Mixed Martial Arts:
“He didn't even like K-1 that much, but he really wanted to fight on the New Year's Eve card in 2008, and the promoters said the only fight they had for him was a K-1 rules fight against Badr Hari. He took that even though he hadn't been training for K-1 just because he wanted a fight, and then when he knocked out Badr Hari they really wanted him to keep fighting in K-1 and give Badr Hari a chance at a rematch. But he considers himself an MMA fighter, not a kickboxer."
Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem did not defend his Strikeforce belt for more than two years, fighting in K-1 and for DREAM promotion in Japan. Many people doubt that Overeem will get a clearance to fight in the United States of America, suggesting that the entertaining bout against Fedor could take place in Japan.