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Alistair Overeem wins K-1 Grand Prix

Alistair Overeem won the Strikeforce heavyweight title on

Alistair Overeem won the Strikeforce heavyweight title on Nov. 16, 2007, and has yet to defend it. His first Strikeforce match is May 15, 2010, a non-title defense against Brett Rogers. Credit: Strikeforce

Maybe now we'll be able to see Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem fight on a regular basis in America. Maybe he'll even defend his Strikeforce title more than once every two years.

Overeem on Saturday in Japan won the K-1 World Grand Prix championship, the most prestigious title in kickboxing. That was his goal for a long time, he has said, and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker let him go after it. Now, he needs to make Overeem help accomplish Coker's goal: Making Strikeforce a serious counterpart to the dominance of UFC.

Right now, Strikeforce is the only one left with a national appeal. The rest are regional promotions.

In the Grand Prix, a one-night, eight-man tournament, the champion will have three times (as would the runner-up). Overeem's night looked like this:

Quarterfinals: Overeem beats Tyrone Sprong by unanimous decision
Semifinals: Overeem beats Gokhan Saki by first-round TKO.
Final: Overeem beats Peter Aerts by first-round TKO.


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