Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem has two objectives in 2011: win the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and retain his championship in the process, and then move on to challenge the UFC heavyweight champion.
“That definitely is my plan, but let’s take it one step at a time,” Overeem told MMA Weekly when asked about unifying the heavyweight titles. “I’m taking this fight very serious, if you look at both of our papers, this is a very exciting fight. Fabricio has been incredible the last couple years, and me myself I’ve not been sitting still. It’s going to be an incredible fight."
Overeem is currently the K-1 World Grand Prix champion and Dream heavyweight champion in addition to holding the Strikeforce title, and has every intention of adding another title to his growing resume.
That goal has become even more realistic with the recent announcement that Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will tentatively square off against UFC champ Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137.
“I’m just focused on this fight and I don’t know exactly what is happening behind the scenes, I heard about the GSP/Diaz fight, but that fight has no relevance to my situation. I’m in the tournament, I’m locked in, three more fights to go to win,” Overeem told MMA Weekly.
For the moment Overeem feels this tournament will go a long way towards proving to the world he is the top heavyweight.
“I see this Grand Prix as an opportunity to show not only the fans in the U.S. but to the fans all over the world, that I am number one,” MMA Weekly reported.
To become the number ranked fighter you need to fight the best and beat them, and Overeem believes the Strikeforce tournament is rich in established fighters, he told MMA Weekly.
"You’ve got to beat the best, to become the best,” he said.
Overeem told MMA Weekly if he wins the Strikeforce tournament he believes his fans would love to see him fight UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
"The Demolition Man," who hasn't fought since handily dispatching Todd Duffee on New Years Eve, still has a stiff test to face in Fabricio Werdum.
In an interview with MMA Prime, Werdum remarked that Overeem is his son, in reference to their previous fight in 2006 where Werdum submitted Overeem by kimura while both men competed in Pride Fighting Championships.
Werdum said in the interview he has a big surprise in store for Overeem and that he will shock the world again.
Overeem simply shrugged off Werdum's statements.
"Werdum is a professional fighter and he will be confident but not overconfident. I heard him saying that I’m his son, but I don't understand what he really means. I think he means that he’s superior than me, because he beat me a couple of years ago," Overeem said in an interview with Lowkick.com.
The two men are set to clash June 18 to close out the quarter-final rounds of the heavyweight tournament, but what does Overeem predict?
"K.O.," he told lowkick.com.