Overeem Shocked But Very Excited About Strikeforce Purchase

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As opinions begin rolling in from the different fighters and employees of Strikeforce following the companies purchase by the UFC, one fighter who is excited about the possibilities with his new employer is none other than Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem who chimed in with his two cents on MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani:

“I was shocked when I read it, but I'm very excited. It's a very big upset in the MMA world, and the fighting world in general. But yeah, my first thought was, I'm excited. … 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, so I see the sport growing. 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, because the sport has grown rapidly, but it's still not there yet. It still needs to grow bigger. I think [UFC president] Dana [White] wants this and I know I want this as well. We want the fights to be worldwide known. We want everybody worldwide to talk about these fights, like in the old days with Muhammad Ali and [Mike] Tyson, and we're not there yet. To get there, there's still some work to be done and I think Dana's working on that.”

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