Dana White has confirmed that Alistair Overeem will get at least one more shot in the UFC, following his third stoppage loss in four fights on September 5th, and the heavyweight is already talking about when he wants to compete again.
As you likely know, Overeem was taken out by Ben Rothwell at UFC FN 50, after the massive fighter floored him with his sizeable right fist. The defeat dropped Overeem’s overall UFC record to 2-3, but since he was still a top ten ranked heavyweight at the time, White says “The Reem” will return to the Octagon (although Overeem has dropped one spot and is currently ranked #11 now).
The 34 year-old fighter appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing the defeat, Overeem relayed he doesn’t want to sit on the shelf (quote via MMA Fighting.com).
“[I’d like to fight] as soon as possible, because I was not out,” said Overeem, who reportedly noted he wants to fight again before 2014 closes out. “I was not sleeping. I was just dazed, and Ben capitalized. So I guess if it’s up to me, not too far away.”
While it’s hard to deny that the loss was another significant setback for the former Strikeforce champ, Overeem continues to put a positive spin on how things have been going in his career. In particular, Overeem believes better days are to come, thanks to the guidance and training he’s been receiving at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s MMA.
“I’m disappointed in the result of the fight, but you know I was in a great place and I’m still in a great place,” said Overeem. “I think I really found myself at Greg Jackson’s. I like the people, and the prep was great. And I know — I just know — that all those months of work that I put in are going to come out. It might not have come out in the fight, or the result wasn’t there, but I know it’s going to come out later. Because I know what I’m doing in the gym…I just know that it’s in the right direction. So again, very unfortunately result.”
It will be interesting to see whether Overeem can showcase some of the improvements he feels he’s made in his next fight.
During the segment Overeem repeated what he said a few days ago, that he believed Rothwell’s right arm was no longer a big threat, after it absorbed a hard kick. The Dutch fighter conceded that he didn’t expect Rothwell to throw the right hand “fast”, or from that “angle”, after hearing it click.
Rothwell went to the hospital to have his arm checked out, but the limb reportedly wasn’t broken. Mr. Rothwell has scored consecutive TKO wins, as prior to facing Overeem he stopped Brandon Vera in August.
So, the waiting game begins for Overeem and his fans. Maybe the promotion will look at booking him a fight in December, against another established heavyweight who’s coming off a loss.