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Alistair Overeem (toe) held out of fight

Updated: July 18, 2011, 10:25 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

Alistair Overeem has been removed from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix after refusing to accept a Sept. 10 semifinal date against Antonio Silva due to an injured toe.

During an appearance on MMAfighting.com's "MMA Hour" Monday, Overeem revealed the promotion asked him to compete on the specific date and threatened to cut him from the tournament if he didn't agree.

In an email to ESPN.com, Overeem's manager Bas Boon said he regretted some of Overeem's statements and added the ...

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