Alistair Overeem reveals he turned down an Immediate Title Shot

News broke earlier today that Alistair Overeem had signed a contract with the UFC and that his first fight with the promotion would be against former UFC champion Brock Lesnar.  The fight will take place on December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

The winner of that bout will jump to the front of the UFC s heavyweight pack, putting themselves in line to face the winner of the Cain Velasquez versus Junior dos Santos Heavyweight title bout that is set for the first UFC on FOX card.  Velasquez will defend the title he took from Lesnar on that card, which will take place on November 12 from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

During a recent interview Overeem revealed that he had been offered a shot at the winner of the Velasquez versus dos Santos bout, a fight that he did not want to wait for, “I was actually offered an immediate title shot but I would have had to wait first of all for the fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos and then the winner of that fight would have needed to rest, then they would have had to have a training camp to fight me… it would have been the middle of next year before I got to make my first fight in the UFC.” – To read the entire interview visit FightersOnly

Further Reading: Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem confirmed for December 30th


35 Comments

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    thexperience1

    September 7, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Smart move !!! I mean “RASHAD” showed everybody the blueprint on how NOT to do it! waiting for a title shot is a waste of “money” and a big RISK !! You never know what the future holds..

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 5:39 am

    More fights = more money >:D
    Fighters dont ussualy admit it but they love money

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    IChokePeople

    September 7, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Good for him. This shows he is not afraid to risk losing his shot.

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    ShenronRage

    September 7, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Alistair is a good solid striker, Brock good wrestler, its gonna be interesting who gets to what position first, I don’t think Brock will make the same mistake and exchange punches again, IMO it’s Alistair’s responsibility to bring something unexpected.

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

    He made 3 titles last year, i wouldnt be afraid eithert

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 6:07 am

    If Ubereem throws first, he wins, if Brock takes out his feet first he wins. If it aint either of those it is the first person to sucks up all the fuel in their massive gass guzzeling V16 engines and pass out on the canvus cause of lack of oxigen

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    pound4pound

    September 7, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Money cant buy happiness… specially when is little…

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

    it may not buy you happyness but it can buy you kewl stuff or pay the rent so you arent homeless and living in a box house

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    godsofwararise

    September 7, 2011 at 6:21 am

    He’s facing a man who has terrorized prairie dogs (and various other small vermin) the world over, armed with nothing but an assault rifle. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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    michaelchimique

    September 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    money doesn’t buy title shots bro. most people would have done the same if they earned the #1 contender spot. overeem was fixing to get handed something i can see why he wanted to fight instead of waiting because he hadn’t earned anything so it wasn’t worth waiting

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    GianGiacommo G

    September 7, 2011 at 6:46 am

    it’s better that he took this fight,I hope Lesnar gets RICK ROLLED!!!!!!!!!!!!! can’t wait for that fake ass to leave the sport once and for all!!!!

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    godsofwararise

    September 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

    It’s fun to rip on Lesnar’s hillbilly douchebaggery and general boorishness, but suggesting he’s not a legit fighter is extremely lame. The guy does not duck away from challenges and has beaten some seriously good fighters. Come to think of it, he’s beaten more top 10 heavyweights than Alistair has…

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    tigerstyle

    September 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

    kewl? Really?

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    Thang

    September 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

    So basically, Money does buy Happiness :)

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    HoustonsOwn

    September 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

    He would have been ripped in a title shot… seems as though he used to be amazing, but now talks more game then he can supply. To get into the ring, and have the amount of hesitation he does, it says allot about self-assurance and being fearful of what the opponent can do.

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    HATEOCRACY

    September 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    You shouldn’t call Frank Mir a small vermin.

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    x murderer

    September 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    awesome! I think brock will take this by submission or ground and pound. Imo overeem is overrated. but we’ll see how he looks against ufc-competition.

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    thexperience1

    September 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Sure it can’t… but it sure as hell can buy you shit that makes you happy and make life more comfortable!

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    thexperience1

    September 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Especially when he’s confident he won’t loose!

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    Knight_vision

    September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Lets get it on Reem needs to improvs his cardio and Brock needs to improve his stand up can’t wait for this battle of the bulls

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    yea, its teh new hip way to spell it

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    Nik_Hulstein

    September 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    yup ^-^

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    Atari_Prime

    September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    What is a falcon punch?

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    MAMBA24ILL

    September 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Reem is going to smash Brock. He’s better on the feet & ground.
    RIP Brocks face.

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    Krogan

    September 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    This is a no brainier for Allister really, if he waits he gets rusty and doesn’t get the money from the Brock fight, if he doesn’t wait he gets the Brock money fight and a title shot after. Oh yeah btw Allisters takedown defense is absolutely sick.

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    samigeh

    September 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Rampage admits it. That’s why he almost stopped fighting

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    samigeh

    September 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Hopefully he shoots for the takedown. He should train with Olympic wrestlers, and not just strikers in Golden Glory

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    samigeh

    September 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    KO 2nd Round by UBER KNEE!!!!!!!!

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    mromaplata

    September 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    mad respect for alistair he wants to fight he aint waiting no 6 months to a year for a title shot i enjoy the ufc n i believe they have about 80% of the top talent but man i hate how theyre champions fight 1 or 2 times a year thats why i loved rich ace franklin hewas fighting like every 3 or 4 months at his championship reign dude had a black eye for like 6 months straight WARRIORS man i understand the toll training takes and peaking and all that but kinda sucks for the fans

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    HoustonsOwn

    September 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I’m SO glad atleast one of the best p4p from outside the UFC hasn’t hesitated to come into the UFC and to the top of the heap. We won’t see The Last Emperor here, ever, but I love Allistars viewpoint and perspective. The UFC went through a definite dry point, now its fire. We need Hector Lombard here also!

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    Billy Jack

    September 8, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Never say never,and the last Emperor will be back. All the former PrideFC
    fighters will reign supreme in the UFC,and stop all this debate who had best fighters. Mark my word.

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    Ringo

    September 8, 2011 at 2:54 am

    @Nik_hHulstein

    Now u mention that fighters like money I see that fighters have a lot in common with women. They both like money, they both like to trash talk and most important they like to lay on the ground with their legs wrapped around ur waist. Sounds kinda weird if u think about it hey

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    IChokePeople

    September 8, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Are you two texting this shit in from your still out in the Ozarks?

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    Mr. Ass

    September 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This man has balls the size of horses. I’ll always root for Overeem, and it feels good as a fan when he makes smart decisions.

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    HoustonsOwn

    September 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I can’t even understand your comment.. fix your grammer and be more clear.

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