Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem says he wants to make one final run to capture the UFC heavyweight gold.
The 40-year-old Demolition man has one last run left in him for the heavyweight title. Alistair Overeem is one of the most decorated fighters in MMA. ‘The Reem’ has been a champion in multiple organizations. However, he is yet to realize the ultimate goal in the UFC. In 65 fights as a professional, he has been a part of some extremely close fights.
The ‘Demolition man’ is one of the oldest fighters in the UFC heavyweight division but it hasn’t stopped him from going on a roll as of late. The Dutchman has won four of his last five fights, including brutal TKO wins over Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai in his last two bouts. He is currently the No. 5 ranked heavyweight in the UFC.
The last time Alastair challenged for the heavyweight title was against Stipe Miocic where he lost the fight via first-round knockout. Since then, Overeem has gone 6-3 and another big win might earn him another title shot. Taking to his social media account on Monday, Overeem promised his fans that he will make “one final” run for the belt.
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— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) November 9, 2020
‘The Demolition Man’ took to Twitter to voice his opinion on his fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. He tweeted saying, “I schooled him. With all due respect, it was a very bad decision by the ref. in my opinion. Waving it off with zero seconds left. This one needs to be run back.”
Overeem went on social media and demanded a rematch from last December. The fighters met in the main event clash where the former UFC heavyweight challenger dominated the first twenty minutes of the fight. However, Rozenstruik caught him with a punch in the dying seconds, thus claiming victory from the jaws of defeat.
As far as Overeem is concerned, the night not only ended up giving him an ‘L’ on his resume but also a torn lip that showed the gruesome nature of the fight game. Following that fight, Overeem has racked up two straight victories. The first one came in Jacksonville back in May over Walt Harris. The latest of the two was against Augusto Sakai in September.
After his late win over Overeem, Rozenstruik was matched up against Francis Ngannou. However, he felt into Cameroonian’s power trap and suffered a knockout within the first minute of the very first round. ‘Bigi Boy’ had his second fight of this year against former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 252. Both the fighters maintained their distance at the beginning of the fight. However, Rozenstruik found an opening and finished the fight in the second round.
On paper, this fight makes a lot of sense for both men. Overeem is the No. 5 ranked heavyweight at the moment and is looking to make one final title run at age 40. To do so, he needs to beat a top-five opponent and the No. 3 ranked Rozenstruik qualifies.
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