I think Rob Liefeld actually modelled some of his characters after Overeem.
The only thing telling about Overeem being in Japan is that K-1 pays a hell of a lot better.
How much could K1 be paying, at a time where combat sports are at a huge low in Japan?
I think K-1 GP purse is $400k. I know that's not each fighters pay; just throwing another data point out there. But the real money, like any sport, comes from the sponsors.
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong since I haven't looked up modern numbers, but don't fighters in japan make HUGE amounts of cash from their fan base? Like the more popular you are, the more they want you in there and the more you get from ad's, sponsors, etc...
I heard that Masato brings 1/3 of the audience during the MAX GP. Now that does sounds pretty crazy but taking into account how crazy nationalistic and as much of a pretty boy Masato is (the girl to guy ratio in the audience is like 50/50 or something like that from the footage I've seen, but then again I'm just throwing out a guess) it would make sense that Overeem is making serious cash in Japan.
Add the fact that the UFC actually does drug testing AND has had problems in the past with fighters salaries/contracts, it wouldn't be in Overeem's best interest to leave Japan since he is fairly popular there.
Does anyone know in depth what the statistics are? Like the average salaries or popularity of specific fighters in Japan who compete in MMA and K-1??? I really just made a personal and vague observation, I really don't any of these numbers in exact detail.
Speaking of Japanese MMA, I saw Bob Sapp the other day...for the 2ND TIME. Right outside the base...previously I had seen him in Roppongi. But this time, when I was not extremely drunk, he looked kind of old and worn down.
Then again the last time Overeem fought in the US (end of 07) he was only 220ish.