While it remains to be seen what’s next for Alistair Overeem, following his third defeat in four scraps at UFC Fight Night 50 on Saturday, the Dutch heavyweight has shed some light on what led to the loss.
If you missed it, Overeem was put away by Ben Rothwell in the opening round, after he was sent crashing to the mat from an overhand right. The fight turning blow came not long after Overeem had kicked Rothwell several times, one of which, the latter said broke his arm.
Although a follow up examination showed that Rothwell’s arm wasn’t in fact busted, Overeem admits he didn’t expect “Gentle Ben” to be tossing the massive right around.
In a follow up post on Instagram, here’s what “The Reem” had to say about the defeat.
Yesterday I was in a great shape and prep was superb! Thanks to all involved, from coaches to fysio’s! You were all great. About the fight – I made a mistake! Hearing Ben’s arm crack on one of the kicks I didn’t expect him to counterpunch with the same arm.. We knew Ben is a tough strong guy, well we got it confirmed yesterday! Now today, new day – new chances! It might not always go as we want or as planned but.. As long as we have freedom and high spirits we are/should be ok! This coming from myself who’ve had several downturns in both life and career but plenty of great moments in life to so not complaining! Big Ben was a little to much this time, Looking ahead & forward to the next challenge!
It sounds like Overeem’s taking the loss pretty well, and is ready to move on, but there’s no denying it was a massive setback. Not only has the powerful heavyweight lost three of four fights, but all three were via knockout or TKO.
Now there’s no question that Overeem, and his organ crushing knees and or kicks, have the ability to finish elite opponents on any given night. But, his defense and ability to absorb punishment is increasingly being questioned.
If “The Reem” wasn’t still a big draw, one has to wonder if the UFC would be cutting the decorated fighter and his sizeable salary loose.
Since arriving in the UFC, the 34 year-old has gone 2-3, after going undefeated in 11 straight bouts. His other Octagon win, as you likely recall, came over Brock Lesnar in December, 2011.
Overeem’s current record stands at 37-14.