Strikeforce was a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion based in the United States, and led by Scott Coker, current president of Bellator MMA.
The company operated from 1985 to 2013, providing MMA fighters, events and moments that will go down in history. In MMA.uno we will take a look at the different names that left an important mark on the pages of this sport.
Overeem came to Strikeforce in 2006, to face someone who had already defeated by submission in PRIDE, we talk about Vitor Belfort (205 lbs), former UFC champion. The second battle (210 lbs) was not different in the result, Overeem with the raised hand and winner.
After defeating Belfort, he competed primarily in Pride and K-1, returning to Strikeforce in 2007 to face Paul Buentello for the world heavyweight championship. Overeem finished Buentello in the second round to be crowned the new Strikeforce monarch.
Again Overeem withdrew from Strikeforce, this time to compete in Japan and Europe. He returned to promotion in 2010 to successfully defend his belt against Brett Rogers, knocking him out in the first round.
His last fight in the league was against Fabricio Werdum, whom he defeated by unanimous decision. The fight was part of the heavyweight Grand Prix, where they competed Fedor Emelianenko, Josh barnett and Daniel cormier, replacement for Overeem and winner of the tournament.
Alistair Overeem is the only fighter who has simultaneously held three world championships from different leagues (Strikeforce, K-1 and Dream). The Dutchman’s level in the company was perhaps the best he showed in his long career, he was a world champion in MMA and kickboxing during the same period.