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Strikeforce Cuts Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem

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Inside MMA reported tonight that Strikeforce has cut their heavyweight champion Alistair Oveereem. Only last week Overeem declined to participate in the next round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on September 9th, stating he would not be ready to fight until October. 

Overeem had advanced to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix by beating Fabricio Werdum on Strikeforce's June 18 show. He had one fight remaining on his contract and would have had to fight twice to complete the tournament. Overeem complained of a broken toe, but according to Inside MMA, his injuries are more serious and include rib and elbow issues.

Overeem had already announced he would be fighting next in Moscow, Russia in October for the United Glory promotion. It is unclear if that will be a kickboxing match or an MMA bout. Overeem is the champion of Japan's K-1 kickboxing promotion.

Strikeforce is owned by Zuffa, LLC the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).