Fedor Emelianenko wants Alistair Overeem next, but Team Golden Glory have other plans for "The Demolition Man" (updated)Posted on August 25, 2010, 08:15 AM by Anton Gurevich
"I would definetly like to have a rematch against Fabricio Werdum. I know that he was recently operated on his elbow, so it looks like this fight will not happen anytime soon. This year, probably in November or December, I would like to meet inside the cage with Alistair Overeem." - Mixfight.ru
After long months of call-outs and speculations, "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko revealed to M-1 Global's own MixFight.ru that he's ready to accept Alistair Overeem's challenge. As was previously revealed by LowKick.com, M-1 Global are currently lining up an "interim" fight for Fedor Emelianenko in Japan on the New Year's Eve. Both Overeem and Emelianenko are huge stars in Japan, something that promises a blockbuster paycheck for Dream and M-1 Global.
A very reliable source within M-1 Global confirmed exclusively to LowKick.com that Fedor will not fight for DREAM on New Year's Eve. Alistair Overeem is currently the only opponent on M-1 Global's sights, with a possible fight taking place in US between November and December.
Later, M-1 released an official statement "We want Overeem", where the organization's Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan says the following: “M-1 Global wants to make this fight happen,” says M-1’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan. “As a global mixed martial arts company committed to driving the evolution of the sport and showcasing match-ups that the fans deserve to see, we want to make this bout a reality in 2010.”
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more news on Fedor's next fight as they happen.
MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani interviewed Alistair Overeem immediately after M-1's Challenge, and here's what "The Demolition Man" had to say about his potential fight against Fedor Emelianenko (visit MMAFighting to read the full interview):
Emelianenko has now said that he would like to fight you by the end of the year. Is that possible at this point?
No, unfortunately not. The reason is because if I enter the Final 16 and win, I will fight the K-1 Final in December. My decision was made because nothing was certain and Strikeforce and M-1 didn't act fast enough when I made my decision to start K-1 training. Now I read on the internet that Fedor and his management want to fight me all of sudden. Do they really need two months of thinking and negotiating? I think it's a little strange to be honest. If Fedor challenged me right after the fight it would have been something to take in consideration, but the M-1 management started to say that all the polls on several websites stated that people rather have a Fedor vs. Werdum rematch then a fight against me. There we have another lie by M-1 because every poll I have read stated the opposite and showed that everybody want to see Fedor versus me. Check their current poll at their own Web site (laughs).
Well, since Ariel already interviewed Alistair Overeem, I asked Golden Glory Gym founder and Alistair Overeem's manager Bas Boon to comment on the situation. Here's what he had to say about M-1 Global's plans to randzevous Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem in the Strikeforce cage:
By the way, the M-1 management claims they are looking maybe for this fight at the end of November December. But they are also looking for Fedor's to fight on New Year's Eve, 18 days later for a title against Barnett?
Everybody knows Alistair and the whole GG will be busy at the K-1WGP on October 2nd in Korea, and 1on December 11th in Tokyo Japan.
This schedule was known by everybody at the beginning of this year. And as the management from Fedor only wanted to fight Werdrum first (who got injured), they knew Alistair has a busy schedule in Japan. Now finally talk that they would fight Overeem.
I have stated many times that Golden Glory fighter Alistair Overeem can fight in United States around April, till the end of September (as long as there are no other obligations in Japan). But according the management of Fedor he first wanted to fight Rogers and then Werdum? And Fedor takes long holidays during that time when Alistair has fight obligations in Japan (laughs)
That reminds me of Dana White quote: after the loss of Fedor against Werdrum, Fedor was still welcome to the UFC according Dana, but Fedor was offered 30 and 30 or 40 and 40 to show? This "management" and co-promotion crap around Fedor is a complete farce, what a shame for such a talented fighter.