Alistair Overeem celebrated his 40th birthday in fashion.
After a scary knockdown courtesy of Walt Harris of their most important occasion conflict at UFC on ESPN eight on Saturday, “The Demolition Man” powered again with a highlight-reel end. After touchdown a thunderous head kick and a punch that put Harris down, a barrage of ground-and-pound from again mount finally led to the tip of the struggle.
With a 3-1 file over his previous 4 outings, Overeem remains to be one of many prime heavyweights within the sport however he additionally understands he can’t go on preventing eternally.
Whereas he is aware of it’s not a brief street again to the UFC heavyweight title, Overeem believes he has sufficient within the tank to go for one final run on the belt earlier than calling it a profession.
“We’re nonetheless attempting to find the title,” Overeem mentioned throughout the UFC on ESPN eight post-fight press convention. “I’d say additionally I’m within the final part of my profession. So these two issues are a bit of bit on my thoughts. End the profession and yet one more run on the title.”
Overeem has already put collectively a stellar resume on the subject of his checklist of accomplishments.
He’s a former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion in MMA in addition to a Okay-1 Grand Prix event champion in kickboxing. Overeem has confronted a laundry checklist of prime fighters throughout his profession competing at each heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight.
Nonetheless, the UFC title has eluded him throughout his profession after Overeem got here up quick in his solely bid to win the belt in 2016, a loss to present champion Stipe Miocic.
He’s not setting a time restrict on making one other run on the title however Overeem clearly believes he’s bought sufficient struggle left in him to make one other surge at UFC gold earlier than hanging up the gloves for good.