Strikeforce releases Heavyweight Champion Alistair OvereemPosted on July 29, 2011, 10:44 PM by Joey Santosus
Strikeforce has reportedly released their current Heavyweight Champion, Alistair Overeem.
HDNet first broke the news on Friday's edition of their popular show Inside MMA.
The move comes just shortly after Overeem withdrew from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last week citing scheduling conflicts. According to the Dutchman, negotiations with ZUFFA, parent company of Strikeforce, went south when he refused to take his upcoming semifinal bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on September 10th, a month earlier than an originally discussed October date.
In his latest outing, Overeem picked-up a unanimous decision victory over Fabricio Werdum. Though the performance was considered lackluster by many, it was enough to earn the champ a ticket to the next round, where he would have faced Silva for a spot in the final.
"The Reem" has since stated that his opposition to the earlier date was centered upon insufficient time to prepare for the fight due to a broken toe suffered during last month's quarterfinal match-up.
Stepping in to replace Overeem will be rapidly rising prospect Daniel Cormier, who scored his eighth consecutive victory last month, defeating veteran Jeff Monson in a lopsided three-round affair.
Niether the promotion or Alistair Overeem have commented on the release at this time. Keep it locked on LowKick for more information as it becomes available.