As ambitious as it was to put together the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, it has been anything but smooth. The latest bump comes off of a rumor that if true, could practically kill the entire idea. Alistair Overeem may not only be pulling out of the tournament, but could be leaving Strikeforce altogether.
The latest MMA rumor spreading like wildfire says that Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is not only pulling out of the Grand Prix, but that he will relinquish his championship and sign an official UFC contract. The rumor was posted on a message board that posted news about the Lesnar UFC 131 cancelation before it was announced, thus giving this rumor a little more attention than usual.
When UFC president Dana White said that it would be “business as usual for Strikeforce”, he ..click here to read more
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Dana White took questions from UFC fans and media this week at a Toronto press conference. The name Alistair Overeem was brought up to the UFC president and the questioner wanted to know when he’s coming to the UFC. Not only was White complimentary towards Overeem, he said he’d sign him if he could.
This is news on a few different levels. I think this shows most importantly the ascension of Alistair Overeem and his relevance among casual MMA fans. For the last three years it was Fedor, Fedor, Fedor. Whether fans have moved on from Fedor Emelianenko or have just come to the conclusion that it isn’t happening, the focus among many MMA fans seems to be seeing the UFC sign Alistair Ovreem.
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He won three world titles across two continents in one year. He had five fights stopped due to TKO or knockout in one round. He has the most dominant year in heavyweight combat sports and his name isn’t Brock, Cain, or Fedor. Alistair Overeem dominated 2010 and may be the best heavyweight in MMA.
It is funny when you debate the best in MMA and talk about heavyweights. The overall consensus nowadays is UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. After his dominant 2010, the champ is universally regarded as number one. The debate at number two across MMA forums and websites bounce back between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko. The irony here is that arguably the best heavyweight fighter in MMA barely makes most top five arguments and chances are he would beat ..click here to read more
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There are a lot of pro wrestling elements that bleed over into Mixed Martial Arts. One is the glamorous WWE and wrestling entrance. While most MMA fighters are more concerned with wins and losses, some MMA fiighters make the most of their moment by creating exciting and elaborate MMA entrances. Here is a compilation of some of the best MMA entrances of all time.
Take note of a few things as you watch these videos. One, the majority of the great MMA entrances come from Japan. The Japanese have been much more diligent in blending the elements of pro wrestling and MMA together than the UFC has. Strikeforce has been known to offer some great entrances, but their small entrance ramp is really constrictive to creating any kind of spectacle. The Japanese get ..click here to read more
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