While Alistair Overeem has said in the past that he does not like to discuss game plans for obvious reasons, the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion spoke Monday afternoon on a basic approach towards a megafight against Fedor Emelianenko.
"Ii'll probably be training a lot on being sharp, cause you can't make that mistake," Overeem told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. "You can't make that mistake and you have to put pressure on the guy, and force him to make the mistake."
On his 30th birthday, Overeem was one of three guests on Monday's one-and-a-half hour edition of The MMA Hour. The video of the show, featuring Overeem, Kevin Casey and Spencer Pratt, will be available shortly.
As seen in Fedor's fights in the past and especially in his two most recent against Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers, where Fedor appeared to be losing on the scorecards only to capitalize on his opponent's mistake and score the devastating knockout.
"You can see how Fedor fights. he fights the same. it's not a real surprise there. but what he does he does with conviction. he's good at what he does. He has very strong [conditioning], he punches hard. You make one mistake and you could be finished."
The Fedor-Overeem is the fight everyone wants to see after Overeem dismantled Brett Rogers this past Saturday to retain the Strikeforce heavyweight belt. Overeem agrees.
"He's the one to beat at heavyweight," Overeem said.
Instead of the Fedor-Overeem fight, Strikeforce and M-1 Global will be presenting Fedor vs. Fabricio Werdum. Overeem is rooting for Fedor to win to setup the big Fedor-Overeem fight and also put an end to M-1 Global's co-promotional demands.
"Once Fedor will lose -- and I'm the one to beat him," he said. "[M-1 Global] they will lose their power position. Now, [M-1 has leverage because] he's the man to beat."
Overeem also spoke out about the other big fight if he were to ever venture into the UFC Octagon, Brock Lesnar.
"I'm a little bit of a Brock Lesnar fan," Overeem said. "I'm not impressed by his technique or something, but I enjoy just his fights."
Asked if he'd like to face Lesnar, Overeem would be up for the challenge.
"I think I can take him," Overeem said. "I definitely think I can take him."
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