Welcome to the most recent version of Missed Fists, the place we shine a lightweight on fights from throughout the globe which will have been neglected in these hectic occasions the place it looks like there’s an MMA present each different day.
In one of many cooler quirks of this previous weekend, Alistair Overeem completed his major occasion combat with Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8, simply minutes earlier than the calendar turned over to Could 17, the date of Overeem’s 40th birthday, on the East Coast. It was the 46th win of his profession.
Overeem additionally grew to become simply the second man to win a combat in 4 totally different many years (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s), a listing that features he and Aleksei Oleinik – and that’s it. Vitor Belfort may be a part of them when he debuts with ONE Championship.
To rejoice, let’s look again on the earliest days of “The Reem,” earlier than he grew to become an MMA Mainstay, and a few his Okay-1 clips only for funsies. It ought to be talked about that almost all of those bouts seem like of the combined guidelines selection, versus “pure MMA” as we all know it.
Combat No. 1: vs. Ricardo Fyeet — Oct. 24, 1999
AL: Take a look at this younger gunner. That’s a 19-year-old Overeem combating for the primary time. His opponent? The completely terrifying Ricardo Fyeet. We’re going to be speaking loads about how Overeem’s look developed over time, however I don’t know if he ever matched no matter it’s Fyeet had happening right here.
JM: Properly from a pure type level, no. Nobody has ever matched Ricardo Fyeet right here, besides perhaps “Rufio” in Hook.
Can we point out once more how wild it’s that Overeem is considered one of two fighters to ever win bouts in FOUR totally different many years. He’s the Vince Carter of beating ass!
AL: The graphic is minimize off, but it surely appears like this occasion was sponsored by some form of reside intercourse present. Not less than now he works for a good firm that works with such sponsors as Reebok and Manscaped.
JM: , I used to be simply questioning what the official electrical trimmer of the UFC was, and now I’ve my reply. I can lastly sleep tonight.
AL: A very good signal that Overeem was marked for greatness? He rockets out of his nook with a flying knee. That’s the primary strike he threw in his MMA profession…take into consideration that.
JM: We’d as effectively get this out of the best way now: If you happen to’ve by no means seen early Overeem combat, you’re in for a little bit of a tradition shock, pricey reader. Earlier than he grew to become THE REEM, Overeem was a beanpole kickboxer with a depraved sharp grappling recreation, as you see right here.
AL: Seventeen of his first 31 wins had been by submission!
There’s some wild brawling, however for probably the most half Overeem realizes it’s a good suggestion to journey Fyeet down when he can to gradual the tempo of the combat. Finally he simply grabs the dude’s head and chokes him out. That’s a recurring theme within the early levels of his profession, as loads of his wins got here from him tripping up much less well-rounded kickboxers.
JM: Yeah, Overeem can kickbox. He’a a Okay-1 champion in spite of everything. However why get punched within the face when as a substitute you may simply twist some hapless idiot up right into a pretzel?
Combat No. 3: vs. Chris Watts — Feb. 6, 2000
AL: After dropping a call in his RINGS debut to Yuriy Kochkine, Overeem bounced again together with his first TKO victory in his combat towards Watts. This combat lasts longer than his first one, however he’s much more in management right here. Watch how he spams that clinch knee-trip combo. If it ain’t damaged, don’t break it, like Charles Oakley used to say.
JM: I’m actually in love with the pumping home music that’s introing all of those fighters.
AL: Perhaps the most effective a part of this entire train.
JM: I believe that’s what’s fallacious with MMA. The tradition by no means superior previous the 2000s Affliction period, when actually, it ought to’ve stagnated with 90s every thing. Give me home music and Saved by the Bell colour schemes all day.
AL: Don’t neglect the hair types. However we’ll get to that.
JM: Overeem beats Watts by unveiling the devastating knee assaults that can go on to be a staple of his recreation for over 20 years. However I’m extra within the begin of this bout. Overeem walks to the ring with out gloves on, however then, he has them on when it’s combat time. Did he not get his palms wrapped? Has this all the time been the case with RINGS, and I’ve simply by no means observed earlier than?
Combat No. 4: vs. Can Sahinbas — March 5, 2000
AL: Sure, that’s proper. He’s actually combating a Can right here.
JM: Oh man. That is positively the most effective music to date.
AL: This could be excellent for a Jordan Jamming edit.
JM: I’m vibing this difficult. Nearly as a lot as I’m digging “Allister” Overeem. Simply consider the probabilities: Allister “The Alligator” Overeem.
AL: Ah sure, how may I neglect the MMA custom of getting the spelling of your title butchered to start your profession? First it was “Allistair” and now, Allister. Getting colder.
JM: Additionally, poor Can. Extra like Can’t, amirite?
AL: As soon as once more, we see The Reem utilizing clever grappling to manage his opponent. See? We instructed you there was a sample. The distinction this time round is, he blows Sahinbas away with a knee, as he would to so many future victims.
JM: Yeah man, Overeem was 4 fights into his profession, and we already noticed the bones of all of his success. Slick grappling and savage knees.
Combat No. 8: vs. Peter Verschuren — Dec. 12, 2000
AL: We’re actually simply mentioning this combat due to Overeem’s hair. Brutal.
Let’s simply fake this was an homage to Kevin Randleman if that makes it any higher.
JM: He went full Melvin Guillard (aside from the half the place he instantly began grappling). By no means go full Melvin Guillard.
AL: Overeem was simply 4-Three heading into this one and coming off of the primary dropping streak of his profession. This win over Verschuren was the primary of 12 straight, and he wouldn’t lose consecutive fights once more till 2006, when he confronted a assassin’s row of Lil Nog, Ricardo Arona, and Shogun.
JM: Now that’s all true. And much be it from me to disparage The Nice and Highly effective Reem. However uh, that win streak doesn’t precisely soar out at you so far as a who’s who.
AL: I do know you’re not dismissing the likes of Sergey “The Child” Kaznov, Moises “Swamp” Rimbon, Dave “My Title is Nearly a Palindrome” Vader, Aaron “The Frijolero” Brink, and Mike “Batman” Bencic.
JM: Simply saying, Travis Fulton had a win streak of 40 at one level, and never considered one of them was a porn star, so far as I do know. (I child, I child. Whereas Aaron Brink was by no means good, he fought some good names in his time, together with Alistair’s older brother, Valentijn #themoreyouknow).
Additionally, shouts to the commentator right here who sounds stunningly refined whereas speaking a few dude getting his arm snapped in half.
Combat No. 10: vs. Stanislav Nuschik — March 18, 2001
AL: we needed to embrace this for the walkout alone. Take a look at that manly man. Bas Rutten was dealing with ring asserting duties, and I’m practically sure that whenever you see Overeem whisper into his ear, he mentioned, ‘Hey, don’t neglect the entire ‘Demolition Man’ factor.’”
JM: 2 Scorching 2 Deal with is considered one of my favourite MMA group names of all time. I believe it’d simply be due to 2 Quick 2 Livid.
AL: Wants no additional justification.
JM: I’m a easy man.
Additionally, talking of porn stars, Overeem comes out to this combat wanting like a male stripper who simply missed the minimize for a Village Individuals cowl group. Perhaps it’s simply the music, however shouts to the producer who minimize to the girl within the viewers when Overeem began his sledgehammer walkout.
AL: She’s actually buzzing about it! Robust bachelorette get together vibes.
JM: He’s carrying a sledgehammer. Right into a combat! I’d be buzzing too.
Additionally, I’m going to cease poking enjoyable at The Reem, as a result of I don’t need him to ever knee me like that. It appears disagreeable, to say the least. When somebody is asking you, “What’s your title? What day is it?” you’ve made a mistake someplace down the road.
Combat No. 13: vs. Vesa Vuori — Could 26, 2002
AL: This was Overeem’s final combat earlier than making his PRIDE debut. As you may see, by this time, they’d obtained that entire title factor down. He’d lastly made it.
JM: The Demolition Man is such a blah nickname. For one, he’s principally tapping individuals out. For 2, he appears like he’s 17 years outdated. Man is a stretch.
And for 3, should you’re going to be “The Demolition Man,” you’ll want to go full ship on it. Get the bleach blond Simon Phoenix flat high. Don’t simply carry round a hammer. Commit, dammit!
Additionally, this music slaps. I acknowledge that has nothing to do with anything, however Overeem wants to come back out to jams like this once more. Recapture that youthful magic.
AL: He’d bleached his hair sufficient up so far, thanks very a lot.
There’s a brand new wrinkle right here as he reveals some ground-and-pound along with simply controlling Vuori when he will get him down. That is one purpose why Overeem has been in a position to keep related. You see a fighter with no ego, one who is continually studying and adapting. He appears a lot extra refined simply two and a half years after the Fyeet combat.
JM: Perhaps it’s that he’s getting higher. Perhaps it’s that he fought a 0-Zero fighter in his 13th skilled combat. Who can say?
Not gonna lie, having by no means executed a deep dive into early Overeem earlier than, it makes loads of sense why they matched him up with Chuck Liddell in spherical considered one of Pleasure Whole Elimination 2003 – making an attempt to arrange a Murilo Bustamante rematch for Liddell. However Quinton “Rampage” Jackson mucked all of it up.
AL: The target of this characteristic was strictly to concentrate on Overeem’s profession earlier than making the soar to the massive present. However we’d be remiss if we didn’t embrace not less than a few his kickboxing ventures.
There was the primary assembly with kickboxing celebrity Bard Hari in Okay-1, that ended with Overeem crumpling him with a vicious left hook.
JM: You’re not gonna catch me saying something unhealthy about Okay-1 Overeem. Man did some actual issues right here. I’ll simply notice that is when Overeem formally locked within the Barry Bonds parallels although.
AL: Sure, maybe readers wanted extra of a warning earlier than we jumped seven years forward from 2 Scorching 2 Deal with to the “Ubereem” period.
JM: The MMA world didn’t get a lot of 1.
Overeem obtained SWOLE and targeted on his energy recreation, and he stopped doing the issues that made him truly superior (grappling/something apart from energy hitting). And like Bonds, the style through which he obtained SWOLE is hotly contested.
AL: Nutritional vitamins, water, and a wholesome sleep schedule.
JM: “Horse meat,” bruh. Horse meat.
AL: After which there was the legendary knee knockout of Ewerton Teixeira that truly resulted in Okay-1 altering their guidelines surrounding the legality of clinch knees.
JM: Everytime you actually break a company’s guidelines since you’re so violent, you’ve executed one thing both extremely fallacious or extremely proper. On this occasion, it’s a little bit of each as The Reem supplies us with A++ violence, but in addition in all probability took a couple of years of Teixeira’s life.
AL: It was a protected guess that Teixeira wouldn’t have as lengthy a profession as Overeem after this. Then once more, few ever will.
JM: The person solely simply turned 40. It’s not inconceivable to suppose he may preserve combating for an additional decade.
AL: See you all again right here in 10.
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