Sherdog.com’s Tim Leidecker was in Dublin, Ireland, over the
weekend and has the news on Alistair
Overeem and Semmy Schilt
talking with the UFC. Also featured: UFC 93 fallout and German
power brokers in the Irish capital to discuss this summer’s UFC 99
in Deutschland, which included talks of Cro Cop’s return to the
Overeem, Schilt in talks with Zuffa
Golden Glory manager Bas Boon and his fighters Alistair
Overeem and Semmy Schilt
were on hand in Dublin to discuss a possible jump from K-1/Dream to
the UFC. After his stellar performances in 2008, Overeem in
particular would be a welcome addition to a heavyweight division
that could improve. The “Demolition Man” still has two fights left
on his contract with Dream; he will either have to complete the
contract or Zuffa will have to negotiate with Dream parent company
Fighting & Entertainment Group if it wants to acquire the
services of the 6-foot-5 kickboxer earlier.
Both Schilt and Overeem would obviously have the biggest value when
used in continental European shows like the one coming up in
Germany in June. With less than five months to go, Zuffa may have
to either pay a transfer fee for the rights to both fighters or
possibly exchange some talent that the Japanese may be interested
in like Yoshiro
Maeda, Rani Yahya
Yoshida. Schilt has fallen out of favor with FEG anyway, so
it’s likely that the company would let him leave under the right
Postfight press conference fallout
Besides the big news from Dana White that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had
“earned” a shot at Chuck
Liddell at UFC 97 in Montreal with his hard-fought win over a
more durable than expected Mark Coleman,
the postfight press conference produced some other interesting
• 21-year-old Englishman John
Hathaway, who made quick work of overtaxed local hero Tom Egan on the
undercard, may have a short-dated return to the Octagon at UFC 95
in London in five weeks, according to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
• Very impressed with the electricity and excitement of the Irish
crowd, UFC UK President Marshall Zelaznik hinted that Dublin might
become a regular home for the promotion in the future. He jokingly
said they would like to come to Ireland every March for St.
• Brazilian middleweight Rousimar
Palhares, who put 100-plus fight veteran Jeremy Horn
through a three-round grappling clinic, broke his right hand midway
through the opening period. Palhares had to leave the press
conference early and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Siver was overjoyed with his first win in the UFC in more than
16 months as well as with the resulting knockout bonus he received.
The 30-year-old ethnic German from Russia has been working full
time as a car mechanic besides fighting. During his 10-week
training camp, he was rarely at home, he told Sherdog.com. The
powerful kickboxer expects his next fight to be near his home,
however, at the Cologne event in June.
Kampmann has his sights set on becoming the No. 1 welterweight
in Europe. “Who do I have to beat to achieve that?” the likeable
Dane asked. Currently ranked first in the official European
rankings is Englishman Dan Hardy, and
Hardy’s teammate Paul Daley is
also occupying one of the top spots. “The Hitman” versus either one
of those Brits would certainly guarantee fireworks in the cage
later this year.
Bielkheden, who was cornering Palhares for his fight, expects
to return at UFC 97 in Montreal against “a member of American Top
Team,” possibly Cole Miller.
The “Brazilian Swede” was originally looking to have camp at ATT in
the future, but now that he’s taking on one of their fighters, that
will have to wait. The BJJ black belt will certainly have a fun
time making weight again: He was walking at around 187 pounds in
• Andre Dida, who was one of the cornermen for Mauricio
Rua, will return in April to be part of the K-1 Max tournament.
Shogun’s brother Murilo “Ninja” Rua could not say anything definite
where and when he will fight next due to the complicated situation