Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will defend his title for the first time in 2009, according to an interview with Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz on MMA Weekly radio.
“We’re looking to get him back pretty soon. I’d say more likely than not, you’re going to see him defend his title this year,” said Afromowitz.
The top contender vying for a shot at the belt is likely to be the winner of Saturdays heavyweight showdown between Brett Rogers and Ron “Abongo” Humphrey, though only time will tell who will get the first crack at Overeem when he returns to MMA from his recent stint in K-1.
Overeem (29-11) became Strikeforce’s first heavyweight title-holder with a second round submission due to strikes of Paul Buentello in late-2007. Since winning the championship he’s won three-straight MMA fights (plus a no contest against Mirko Cro Cop) and has gone 1-1 in K-1 matches but has not yet stepped back into the cage for Strikeforce.
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