Is Alistair Overeem Making Fedor-Like Demands With The UFC?

Tim NgoCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, heavyweight mixed martial artist and current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion rings the NASDAQ opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square on January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
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Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has had contract talks with the UFC in the past, at UFC 93 in Dublin to be exact, but still hasn’t come to terms with the world’s largest MMA promotion.

Before he’s willing to enter the Octagon, he says that the UFC needs to come to terms with some of his conditions.

“Money is important but it isn’t everything. There are some conditions they have that I don’t like. But like I said, when the terms are right I will sign right away,” Overeem recently told Fighter’s Only.

The same could be said for the world’s best heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, except if the UFC wasn’t willing to meet all of Fedor’s demands why would they bend over backwards for Overeem’s services?

Overeem’s biggest selling point is his future in MMA, with Emelianenko being 33 years of age and possibly towards the tail-end of his prime, maybe the UFC considers Fedor’s demands as too risky.

“I am just getting started, I still have six, seven or maybe eight years before retirement,” Overeem said of his  budding career.

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