Overeem: I Was Told Fight On Sept. 10th Or Be Cut
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem was a guest on the July 18th edition of The MMA Hour and dropped some bombs towards Zuffa as he went on record and told Ariel Helwani about Zuffa's strong-arm tactics in trying to get Overeem to commit to a September 10th bout, which would mark the second round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight GP:
"Stikeforce has requested me to accept the fight for Sept. 10, to agree on that, but I have not agreed on it and I also had some emails, some questions asked, is the fight confirmed? No, the fight is not confirmed. I do not confirm it and I will not confirm it ... What's going to happen next, I don't know. I've had some threats of cutting me out of the tournament if I don't participate. I don't know if they're going to do it. Personally, I don't like to be threatened. If people start talking like that then...be my guest, but then I'm really not going to sing to their tune. For them to unilaterally declare, okay, [September 10] is going to be the second round, which I never agreed on, and then threaten me if I don't want it, it...doesn't really show a lot of respect."
Despite being offended about the way he was treated in negotiations, this likely will never bode well for "The Demolition Man".
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