Quick Quote: Alistair Overeem says Vadim Finkelstein is "a coward"

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem stated in an interview to MMAMania.com that the Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global are continuing to avoid him, refusing to accept his challenge for a fight against “The Last Emperor”. Overeem seemed frustrated with the situation, calling M-1 Global boss Vadim Finkelstein “a coward”:

“I am a risk to their whole organization. Vadim is embarrassing all the Russians. First not fighting Couture and now ducking me. At the same time he calls me a steroid bully in the Russian press. My manager will reply to that soon. But he still wants to fight fighters who have been caught three times using steroids! I will even wonder if Fedor is fighting in June. It always is a surprise party dealing with M-1.

Fedor, you are a great fighter and like many other great Russian fighters in history you do your talking in a ring or cage. Leave this M-1 circus and start fighting the best. It’s okay to lose sometimes but hiding makes you look like a coward, which Fedor is not, Vadim is!”

Alistair Overeem will defend his title against the 10-1 Brett Rogers at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery on May 15th, returning to the United States after a three-year-long absence. “The Demolition Man” currently trains at the famous Golden Glory Gym in Amsterday, alongside fighters like Semmy Schilt, Errol Zimmerman, Marloes Coenen and Sergei Kharitonov.

HT: MMAMania.com

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/GracieHunter0718/ GracieHunter0718

    I don’t agree with the fact that he thinks he can beat Fedor. But he is right about M-1. Fedor needs to ditch those f*cktards and start thinking on his own.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Davies/ davies

    100% truth! fedor is a good fighter but his management make him look like a coward. like hes ducking real fights. even the managers of champions in the ufc dont decide who their fighters fight next. they are told by the organisation. fedor needs new management!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/RicksonBlueBelt/ RicksonBlueBelt

    Fedor is such a great fighter, M1 is bringing him down and it’s gonna bring down his legacy if he continues to fight for them and not for himself, Those idiots are just leeching off him, keep your trainers and friends fedor but lose those fags, and overeem is right to a certain degree

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Bryan-Fontez/ Bryan Fontez

    At this point I agree completely.

    I’m glad that a credible fighter is finally saying what we’re all thinking. And it’s cool to see that he respects Fedor very much and knows that it isn’t him making the decisions and ducking competition.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Daniel-Cassidy/ Daniel Cassidy

    i think Overeem has just said what every mma spectator has been thinking for years. fedor’s gotta cut m1 loose before he looses all relevancy

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Kackvogel/ Kackvogel

    Fedor is the best HW in the world and i am a big fan, but like all MMA fans i want to see the best guys fight eachother!!! i dont care about UFC, Strikeforce, Dream, Bellator …….

    This sport needs a big tournament once a year for all organisations!!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/RabbitPuncher/ RabbitPuncher

    I really dont think Fedor cares. I’ve seen him say in interviews that he treats fighting like a job. If M-1 is paying him what he wants, then it really doesn’t matter to him who he is signed with. Of course we all want to see him fight the best and unfortunately, M-1 does not have the means to do that.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JiuJitsuBBQ/ JiuJitsuBBQ


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MAMBA24ILL/ MAMBA24ILL

    Fedor should’ve taken the UFC deal. If he did we would’ve seen him fight 2 times already & there’s no doubt in my mind he’d be interm champ & waiting on Brock. MMA fans are getting screwed.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Akordas/ Akordas

    Fedor is nr 1 heavyweight and anyone wanna fight with him and he have to agree everyone challenge… I think you right Overeem to silly to beat fedor but fedor he is afraid for sure…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Grapplure/ grapplure

    stop whining and complaining…fedor is a business man first and a fighter second….he dont care about the fans he cares about feeding his family…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/UnderdogGreatness/ UnderdogGreatness

    I don’t like Alistair Overeem, but he has a good point. I agree with you 100%

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mons/ mons

    I think YOU are the MORON here!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    Fedor is the only HW who fights just top 10 figters.Overeem never foght any one in top10 yet.Rogers gona be Overeem’s first top10 fight and he is shiting him self

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    Fedor haters keep talking without loking the rankings.i think Overeem vs Rogers fight will be canseled after Roid test

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMAeveryDay/ MMAeveryDay

    Yeah, Fedor has said that he’s looking to have a long career in MMA and sees his opponents as men trying to make him poor again. He isn’t even focused on being “the best” or all the hype, he just happens to virtually be undefeated.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ksooner76/ ksooner76

    Fedor is part of M-1 he has no problems w/ money…..M-1 does well
    and he is scared to fight this new top heavy weight contenders not only
    are they big there fast and well rounded, Fedor is a small heavy weight
    I think is is going to retire in a year or two and wants to make sure he goes out undefeated and if he is going to lose it will be for a lot a money..him and strikeforce are have issue most likely cuase he
    wants to be on nothing but PPV….he figures there is enough fans
    that even if he doesnt fight a top ten guy from here on out when its
    over they will still call him best of the best……….when his last true
    top challenger was Coleman in 06′
    I hope he comes out a say its time to be king of kings again and
    start fighting the best again he just has great skills…but fighter get
    burnt out and being a legend and also running M-1 I could see and
    the press over there maybe got old

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    Well besides ur grammar, id have to agree with u. from what i deciphered

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    imagine how big an event like that would be? All organisations come together pool fighters and have a real “World” champion but tournament style,. And instead of a belt he gets a trophy. Run it like a sports league playoff system. Problem being, would they fight in a cage or a ring? I think most top organisations besides over in Japan have adopted the cage

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Daniel-Cassidy/ Daniel Cassidy

    best dream ever lol, wish it would happen, but it would never EVER happen!! still, fans can dream

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MANOWAR/ MANOWAR

    well said man !

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rane/ Rane

    Allistair will get his ass KTFO by Rogers. That will be the end of it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    LMFAO only top 10 fighters? dude arlovski is not a top 10 fighter. Rogers I dont think would be in my top 10 at any point in time. If ur talking about Fedors Pride days, which by the way are LONG gone, then yes he fought tons of top tens at that time.. But fighting arlovski’s and Rogers or other ex ufc champs passed their prime once a year does not, in my book, make Fedor a top ranked fighter. Granted I think he has talent, but as long as M1 keeps dictating fedor into fighting once a year, we will never see the true fedor again

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Borealis19/ borealis19

    Fedor has a share in M-1 Global. Fedor is a fighter, but he’s also a smart businessman. He can’t continue fighting forever, and even if he joins the UFC for instance he only have 3 or 4 years max left in his fighting career…I don’t blame him therefore for sticking with M-1 Global despite the very enticing offers he received from other parties.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/UrHype/ UrHype

    lmao….Id…ur….u…non capitalized “I”
    You might want to stop there.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Borealis19/ borealis19

    I believe he cares about the fans. Every fighter does. It is true, though, that he’s thinking business in staying loyal to M-1 Global. After all, he has a share in it, as I mentioned above.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    a) i said grammar, you know, sentence structure not spelling…
    b) theres a difference between being lazy on a keyboard and typing u instead of you, and just not understanding half of wat a person is saying anyway…
    But thanks for the input professor

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    I see you watching MMA since one year and not folowing the rankings when Fedor foght Arlovski he was rank 3-4 .Arlovski was 5 winning streak Roy Nelson, Ben Rothwell,Jake O’Brien, Fabricio Werdum,Márcio Cruz who TKO’d Frank Mir

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    I remember 2008 we arguing that Fedor never foght tall sriker like Tim Sylvia.Tim was rank 3 just losing interim belt from Big Nog

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    Look at Overeem’s record no one good fight since 2007

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Zombiepower/ Zombiepower

    I don’t see Rogers KOing a K-1 fighter.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/DKMcGrath/ DKMcGrath

    HELL YEAH!!Fedor should lose all those M1 losers!They make him look like hes scared to fight anyone whos at the top of there game.Brett too new,Arlowski old news,Silvia common really?,Werdum old news,Overeem I have to admit it sounds better then the others at least hes a champ,I mean give him a regular steroid test before the fight I think Fedor would kick his ass even if Fedor fed him steroids the day of the match.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/UrHype/ UrHype

    Dont attack someone who doesnt speak English and throw your shorthand everywhere, it certainly doesnt help them my student.

    “wat?” wat?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheDRAGON/ TheDRAGON


  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheDRAGON/ TheDRAGON

    word lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Fyodor/ Fyodor

    So much bla bla bla and very cheap propaganda from Overoid’s side…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Dropkickmurphy/ dropkickmurphy

    All this talk of dodging coming from a guy who hasn’t defended his title in two years and had his last MMA fight with a part time plumber. All this guy does is talk s**t.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    In the end Fedor will beat UFC HW champ i don’t now who that will be propably Cain some idiot will stil say Randy can beat Fedor is tipical ofrom the haters we are listening the same shit again and again stuf like Fedor is not fighting any body i remember all haters saying Arlovski the best striker in MMA will KO Fedor the only problem Fedor shot Arlovski in the air like bird

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mockeyy/ mockeyy

    that dude eats roids for breakfast, look pics of him 3-4 years ago, says enough…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    again, i said it had nothing to do with spelling, the guy could spell, it was sentence structure, in which my “u”‘s instead of you’s and uncapitalized i’s would not make a difference. Cuz if you can’t honestly understand a sentence that has “u” instead of you then we have a problem

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Tapoutkingzsup/ tapoutkingzsup

    yeah but m-1 is like the mob and wont let him go cuz they will lose all there money m-1 is based on fedor bringing in the $$$$$$$$$$

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Tapoutkingzsup/ tapoutkingzsup

    he already lost all relevancy he will never drop m-1 he makes all there money

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Warcrazed/ Warcrazed

    why do u even bother with dumb comments like this.. we all know fedor will stay hidden behind M1 and dodge the UFC and wait for strikeforce to take on the fighters the ufc doesnt want anymore

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/RicksonBlueBelt/ RicksonBlueBelt

    Fedor is amazing. However, this “flower picking” of opponents is becoming a bit taxing. Here he is in his prime and he should be fighting the best in the world- Carwin, Brock, Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez. Instead he’s going with B level guys in order to preserve his legacy and make as much money as possible. He’s a millionaire many times over already and he fights once a year….

    Look at Carwin or Junior- these guys will fight anyone, anywhere and anytime. I’d rather watch hungry lions than “management fights” any day!

    My two cents.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    Dana is crying to get Fedor to UFC he payed him like 5 milion per fight whole UFC ewent dosen’t cost that mutch

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    This fighters you mentioned they didn’t foght eatch other yet let UFC find out who the best HW i personaly think is Cain.JDS shuld fight Cain next Dana is saying no they probably gona fight non top 10 oponents again

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/RicksonBlueBelt/ RicksonBlueBelt

    I think Shane Carwin will be the UFC champ in the next 12 months or so. Unreal punching power. Nobody has escaped the first round. He will be the Mike Tyson of MMA inside of 3 years, IMO.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/RicksonBlueBelt/ RicksonBlueBelt

    I think it’s silly how much $$$ Fedor’s management wants- it’s really crazy. I think they should stop negotiating with Fedor until he comes back down to Earth and understands the top HW talent is in the UFC. Why is Fedor fighting guys like Brett Rogers or a washed up Tim Sylvia? Yep- to make $$$ and not lose!!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    Fedor foght Tim Sylvia few moths after Tim foght for the UFC interim belt against Big Nog and was ranked 3 this was 2008 only 2 years ago

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Mokoko/ mokoko

    I think Cain is the best HW in UFC still amator in the sport like Lesnar.I wrelly think Cain will be the new Fedor soon don’t forget this

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JiuJitsuBBQ/ JiuJitsuBBQ

    That’s the most “weaks” I think I have ever seen. Well deserved though.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Skinnydog/ skinnydog

    I agree…but I don’t know about him being the next fedor though.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Skinnydog/ skinnydog

    I think Cain can take him