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Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith is reporting that Alistair Overeem’s DREAM.12 opponent in the cage will be none other than the ear-exploding James Thompson. Thompson, known for losing his last four fights to Neil Grove, Brett Rogers, Kimbo Slice and Jim York will be best known to fans as the guy who Kimbo hit so hard his ear exploded on CBS Network’s first attempt at live MMA for the masses.
Overeem given another gimme fight, but I’m not complaining that we’ll get to see some high class demolition at DREAM.12.
The overwhelming outrage over Alistair Overeem not defending a rather meaningless title against meaningless opponents in the United States has to stop. Until we get Overeem vs. Fedor scheduled in Strikeforce, the outrage needs to end. As we’ve covered in the past linking to interviews with Alistair and interviewing his manager Bas Boon, Alistair was injured, but recovered by September and Strikeforce has not offered him a fight since, but he will fight for them in 2010.
Steve Cofield, the much maligned, insulted and berated Yahoo! Sports MMA blogger is at it again, this time calling for Alistair Overeem to be stripped of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship. Why? Because he fought against a far lesser opponent on a show for his gym, which he can attribute a lot of his recent success to. I’m not a Cofield hater, but his clear lack of knowledge of the fight scene outside of the United States is rather sad.
When is Strikeforce going to pull the plug on this Alistair Overeem sham? It did so quietly with its middleweight belt held by Cung Le. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that Le would be back at some point but now the belt has been stripped. He needs to do the same with his heavyweight strap especially after watching Overeem face a nobody in Tony Sylvester in something called Ultimate Glory 11 in Holland last night.
UPDATE: BloodyElbow’s Mike Fagan has weighed in on this topic and pretty much nails it with “why should we care?”
Remember we told you about the awesome upcoming Vale Tudo show? Legendary grappler and SHOOTO vet Rumina Sato is set to take on one of the most promising breakout stars of the year, Joe Warren. Sato, obviously, is concerned about this, as he should be.
Warren made his name in DREAM recently, defeating Chase Beebe and Japanese hero KID Yamamoto in stunning fashion. Warren went from another Team Quest wrestler-turned-prospect to one of the best Featherweights in the world in the blink of an eye, and this fight will be no less of a challenge for him.
Leading Shooto promoter Sustain announced Sunday that longtime Shooto fan favorite and former 143-pound Pacific Rim champion Rumina Sato will fight Joe Warren at Vale Tudo Japan 2009.
“I initially said I wanted to fight a strong foreigner for VTJ, but when they told me who it was, my reaction was, ‘Are you for real?’” chuckled Sato.
Despite Sato’s comments at last month’s VTJ ’09 news conference indicating his desire to drop to a weight close to 135 pounds for VTJ, the fight is contracted to be at 138.9 pounds — the weight of Dream’s “featherweight” class — and will be under Vale Tudo Japan rules.
Our friends at Heavy.com are challenging you, the MMA fan to a contest. Make picks on UFC 104 at their website and the person with the most right wins a few DVDs and anything the Heavy.com crew picks up from the actual show. Heres hoping to that bald interview guy’s tooth after asking a dumb question.
All right, so maybe we’re not the best in the world at UFC predictions – but can you do better? Later in the week, we’ll be rolling out our picks for the victors at this Saturday’s UFC 104, but not only can you seize the opportunity to make us look foolish, you can also win yourself some hot UFC swag in the doing. It’s simple: for each fight listed below, pick the winner, the round and the method of victory. Then post your picks in the comments. The person who gets closest to the actual results wins the Ultimate Fighting Classics Collection, vols 1-4. Four DVDs of UFC history, with some brutal bouts. And we’ll even throw in any swag we bring back from the show. All you have to do is pick, so what are you waiting for?
Some updates to the card for Dream 12, aka, Dream in a Cage. The biggest news revolves around the Zelg Galesic fight. Originally set up as Galesic v. Melvin Manhoef, the fight is now Galesic v. Kazushi Sakuraba after Manhoef was forced to drop out due to injury. No word on the details yet, but considering he fought in 2008 with tubes in his chest, one has to assume it’s a big enough injury to really keep Melvin out. As for Sakuraba, this will be the beloved Japanese veteran’s second fight in October after a long layoff to open the year. One interesting note on Sakuraba, because of the cage Dream has made it a point to choose fighters with cage experience – not so here. This will be Sakuraba’s first cage fight since his lone UFC appearance in 1997.
The current card, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle:
Date: October 25th, 2009
Place: Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan
LW: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
LW: Parky vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
WW: Marius Zaromskis vs. Myeon Ho Bae
MW: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Zelg “Benkei” Galesic
MW: Yoon Dong Sik vs. Paulo Filho
MW: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa
FW: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
FW: Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tomoya Miyashita
HW: Alistair Overeem vs. TBA
Not the best quality and there’s no audio, but here’s the Overeem v. Sylvester fight from Golden Glory yesterday: