Alistair Overeem has been making an attempt to struggle Fedor Emelianenko for over a decade.
Sadly, Emelianenko — in addition to the folks charged along with his profession choices — haven’t been overly receptive to the thought of buying and selling bombs with “Demolition Man.” That’s why the hulking Dutchman was pressured to look elsewhere after getting reduce by UFC.
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“We tried to make somewhat bit that Fedor struggle, and that was form of radio silence on that finish,” Overeem instructed The MMA Hour (transcribed by Farah Hannoun). “We tried to make that struggle in 2010, when he fought Werdum and I fought Brett Rogers – declined. After he misplaced to Werdum, we tried to make that struggle, he declined, and now he has declined. In order that’s three declines, so I believe, with all due respect, however there isn’t a curiosity from that aspect to struggle me.”
Emelianenko, who turns 45 in just some weeks, beforehand handed on Overeem after suggesting “Demolition Man” was a unclean fighter. These feedback got here earlier than “The Reem” failed his UFC 146 drug check and despatched promotion president Dana White into Mad City.
“I can’t blame Fedor,” Overeem continued. “Hear, I’m getting somewhat bit older, myself. A bit of bit, not an excessive amount of. He’s somewhat older than me, I believe he’s 45 or 46, so I perceive. However I’ve accomplished every part I can do to make that struggle occur – 10 years in the past, but additionally now.”
There was discuss of Emelianenko vs. Overeem below the Bellator MMA banner later this yr; nonetheless, “The Final Emperor” as a substitute opted for a heavyweight showdown reverse the unheralded Tim Johnson, angering this former UFC champion within the course of.
Emelianenko returns to the cage on Oct. 23 in Moscow.