Monday, June 08, 2009

Strikeforce won't stand in way of Brett Rogers' championship aspirations

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ST. LOUIS - Soon after his stunning 22-second demolition of former UFC champion and worldwide top-five heavyweight Andrei Arlovski, undefeated Brett Rogers cut to the chase when asked about a potential bout with Strikeforce heavyweight title-holder Alistair Overeem.

"Alistair, I was kind of aiming for him," Rogers said in a post-event press conference following Saturday's "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. "I was expecting the title today. He's still in my sight."

According to one Strikeforce executive, that Rogers vs. Overeem bout could happen as soon as August.

During Saturday's Showtime broadcast, Strikeforce announced an Aug. 15 card featuring new signee Gina Carano vs. Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos and Strikeforce world lightweight champion Josh Thomson vs. interim title-holder Gilbert Melendez.

Overeem is essentially a lock for the card. BUT Could the Dutch fighter, who hasn't defended his Strikeforce world heavyweight belt since winning it in late 2007, now meet Rogers?

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