Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers Likely For StrikeForce Title In May

Erik FontanezCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2010

Yesterday, StrikeForce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (32-11, 1 NC) spoke with and confirmed reports that he is likely to face Brett Rogers (10-1) at a May 15 StrikeForce event.

The fight, venue, and even the event itself, for that matter, are still unsigned and yet to become official.

Early reports indicate that the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. will be the likely venue for the unannounced card.

With all the drama that has come about from Overeem’s absence from American fight soil, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel with this announcement.

Despite allegations that the Dutch fighter has been involved in the use of steroids, Overeem (32-11) is mostly considered to be one of the top heavyweights in the world.

Spending most of his time fighting over in Japan, Overeem has gone 8-0 since winning the StrikeForce heavyweight title in a win over Paul Buentello in 2007. Many have criticized the champion for not defending his belt for such a long time.

In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, StrikeForce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum said , “I don’t appreciate that Alistair still holds the title…he doesn’t deserve it anymore.”

Bret Rogers has also weighed in on the issue in other interviews saying that Overeem should “man up.”

If Rogers thinks Overeem should man up, he’ll get his opportunity to personally see it happen come next month.

Stay locked on Bleacher Report MMA for this developing story.


According to Mauro Ranallo and The Fight Show, they have spoken to Alistair Overeem directly and confirmed that their rumored bout will indeed be for the StrikeForce heavyweight title.