Alistair Overeem on UFC/Strikeforce deal: “I was shocked when I read it, but I’m very excited”

Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Alistair Overeem has broken his silence about the news that Strikeforce was purchased by the parent company of the UFC, Zuffa LLC. earlier this week, saying when he heard the news he was shocked and surprised but now he’s more excited than anything.

Overeem, speaking via MMAFighting.com, said:

“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. … It was a very big surprise to me and to everybody. The gentlemen did a very good job of keeping the big secret. I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t see it coming at all.”

“I’m a positive guy. 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.”

“For me, I’m a fighter. I want to show the fans exciting fights. I want to go for the knockout. For me, I’m tied down in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. That is my objective for the moment. This is my time to show that I’m number one in this tournament. All the politics talk, I’m not a head of an MMA organization. I know leading a business like that has a lot of responsibilities, a lot of headache, so I can’t answer that question for you. …I’m happy that I’m not in their shoes. I’m happy that I have the simple life of a fighter.”

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