Alistair Overeem versus Cain Velasquez or Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title?
A year ago, the possibility of this scenario unfolding was beyond the realms of rationality. Now, fans are closer than ever to witnessing a blockbuster superfight pitting the reigning heavyweight champions from the UFC and Strikeforce promotions against one another.
"The dream for me is to directly fight for the UFC title," Overeem said in an exclusive interview with MMABay. "I already hold the other three titles––the Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 titles. Which other title is there? [A fight against the UFC champion] would make me champion of all belts. That would interest me."
Over a week ago, it was announced that Overeem had been released from his Strikeforce contract. UFC President Dana White stated Zuffa's decision to part ways with not only Overeem, but fellow Golden Glory members Marloes Coenen, Valentijn Overeem and Jon Olav Einemo as being strictly business moves.
White cited a major issue being Golden Glory wanting the purses of their fighters to be paid directly to the gym, which would cut the checks to the fighters.
Bas Boon, co-manager of Golden Glory, recently released a statement saying the entire dispute with Zuffa had been a misunderstanding. According to Golden Glory, the checks are being paid directly to the fighters.
Boon admits that things have become a bit chaotic in terms of restructuring deals that were already in place before Zuffa acquired Strikeforce. It's just all a matter of sifting through the issues and coming up with the best possible solution that will suit both parties involved and give fans the fights they want to see.
"I am in an exclusive negotiation period [with the UFC]," said Overeem. "If we can find common ground, we can work together, and if we can't, then we're going to depart. I want to fight in the UFC. They have the best guys, but it has to be at the right terms. So, we're just going to have to wait and see. "
Whether it's for a world title or not, the mere thought of seeing Overeem walk down the aisle and step into a UFC octagon should bring about some goose bumps.
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