Forgive the sarcasm and extra excalamations in that headline, but the man who won the Strikeforce heavyweight title more than two years ago will FINALLY fight in America again.
Alistair Overeem will face Brett Rogers in a non-title bout on May 15 at Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery. The event will take place at the Scottrade Center and air on Showtime.
The reason this is a non-title bout should be obvious. Strikeforce doesn't want to risk Overeem losing the title to Rogers so it can preserve the possibility of an Overeem-Fedor Emelianenko championship bout.
Of course, title holders fighting without defending their titles reeks of Saturday morning pro wrestling in the 1980s when WWE was WWF and nowhere near the cable ratings powerhouse it is now.
Still, Overeem fighting in America is newsworthy. His last seven bouts -- all of which have taken place SINCE winning the Strikeforce title -- have been overseas in different promotions. He's 6-0 with one no contest in that span.
Also on the card, heavyweight Andrei Arlovski fights Antonio "Big Foot" Silva.