Alistair Overeem has achieved many accolades in his storied fight sports activities profession, however the one factor that has alluded him is a UFC title.
Overeem (46-18 MMA, 11-7 UFC) has held championships in nearly each main group, successful the Ok-1 Grand Prix, in addition to Dream and Strikeforce heavyweight titles. He challenged UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in 2016 however fell quick in an action-packed first spherical, the place Overeem virtually obtained the end earlier than the tide turned, and he was stopped.
Since then, Overeem has alternated wins and losses however is again on observe, having received three of his final 4. He’s coming off a second-round end over Walt Harris in Might and is seeking to make yet another run.
And whereas the UFC title would cap off an unbelievable journey, Overeem has rather a lot to have fun in his profession.
“I’m very glad being very devoted all my profession,” Overeem instructed MMA Junkie. “That actually provides me all the boldness. The UFC title can be the crown on that profession, however I don’t know. My profession has so many lovely moments. Even the final victory was a stupendous second. I imply, for Walt it was slightly bit much less good. Even for him, I feel it was – he obtained again within the octagon, he had a great efficiency, he obtained very near victory and, yeah, I don’t know, simply maintain combating.
“I really like combating, I really like coaching, I really like getting ready for fights. I suppose I’m good at it after doing it for 27 years so, yeah, simply maintain doing what I’m doing.”
Overeem was initially focusing on a rematch with Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who he was dominating of their UFC on ESPN 7 headliner till he obtained caught within the final 10 seconds. However since Rozenstruik is now booked to face Junior dos Santos on Aug. 15, Overeem is joyful to take a seat again and see how issues play out.
“We’ll see what occurs,” Overeem mentioned. “I’m probably not looking; it’s what it’s. I’m nonetheless chilling, I’m nonetheless recovering. I simply restarted coaching, and it’ll all develop into obvious in time. I’m probably not leaning in the direction of anyone or something proper now.
“I do wish to run it again with him. I’m slightly stunned we’re not working it again proper now however once more, it’s what it’s. UFC, they in the end resolve the matchups so, yeah, it’s undoubtedly a battle that I’m searching for, however we’ll see. I’m not looking something. It is going to both occur or it received’t, and if it received’t, it’s high quality.”
Overeem is focusing on a return in August or September and sees himself a pair extra wins away from one other crack at gold.
“No opponent, high 5 can be good, however one battle at a time,” Overeem mentioned. “It is going to slowly transfer me one step in the direction of the title. If the Rozenstruik theft didn’t occur then it might have been 4 wins after which technically talking, there might be an interim title battle occurring now, however the Rozenstruik debacle occurred. So realistically talking, I’m pondering one other one win, perhaps two after which we’re proper the place we have been: title shot.”