I posted yesterday that a fight between Brett Rogers vs. Alistair Overeem was going to take place on the May 15th Strikeforce card. However, at the time it was thought that the fight would be a non-title affair. According to Mauro Ranallo's Fight Show, the fight will definitely be for Overeem's Strikeforce heavyweight title. Some people think it should be a non-title affair because Rogers is coming off a loss, but I disagree with those sentiments. Here's why:
#1. As difficult time as Strikeforce has had with Overeem defending that title...they better make this a title fight because who knows when he'll fight for Strikeforce again?
#2. Yes, it's true Rogers is coming off a loss...but it was to Fedor. Everybody that has fought Fedor has lost..so what? Also, the factt Strikeforce and Fedor are having issues is a factor. Fedor may never fight for Strikeforce again, not to mention he's interested in fighting Josh Barnett and not Overeem.
#3. A 'title fight' should add a little more interest to the card.
#4. If Rogers were to win Strikeforce has accomplished two things. They have a champion they know will defend the belt, and he's at least fought on CBS in front of 5 million viewers..which is way more exposure than Overeem has experienced in America.
#5. We get to see if Overeem can pass a drug test.