According to a report on Inside MMA tonight, Overeem received a letter from the promotion informing him that he was being released. Thanks a lot champ, but your services are no longer needed.
This one was a shocker. It has been known that Overeem had one fight left on his Strikeforce contract. Wait a minute, you ask. Why would Strikeforce have booked him in a tournament with one fight left on his deal? Oh Scott Coker. Anyway, this makes the second time since buying Strikeforce that Zuffa has cut a current Strikeforce champion from his contract and left a belt vacant.
It is certainly a bizarre move. There is already a lot of speculation about Overeem going to the UFC. Many MMA analysts believe that this is the first step of a negotiation similar to the one between Zuffa and former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz.
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