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Alistair Overeem: The Biggest Bust in UFC History



Alistair Overeem: The Biggest Bust in UFC History

There was a time when Alistair Overeem was viewed as the best heavyweight fighter in the world.

As a K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and the heavyweight title holder in multiple MMA organizations, Overeem had the resume to support that claim. But man, oh man, was the MMA community wrong about him.

Not only has Overeem not lived up to the hype since joining the UFC, but he has firmly established himself as the biggest disappointment in UFC history. Outside of the beating he put on Brock Lesnar, his Octagon performances have been atrocious.

In all three of his UFC losses, Overeem has been brutally knocked out by his opponents. While that isn’t exactly damming, especially in the heavyweight division, you would think a K-1 Grand Prix Champion would be better at protecting himself.

That’s only a small part of why Overeem has been disappointing though; just look at the division he competes in. The UFC heavyweight division is by far the weakest division in the organization and this so-called elite champion, hasn’t even been close to a title shot.

Sure Overeem fought Antonio Silva in a title eliminator bout and won the first two rounds, but when the pressure was on and Overeem had the opportunity to really send a message, Silva put him to sleep. Silva dug down deep in that third round and showed the will of a warrior, while an overconfident Overeem showed he wasn’t game at all.

In his next outing against Travis Browne, Overeem again got off to a good start, but he couldn’t put Browne away. Once Browne regained his composure, he also put Overeem to sleep.

Are you seeing the pattern here?

Following those two devastating losses, Overeem was able to rebound and defeat former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, but following the bout he called out Lesnar. The same Lesnar who he already destroyed in his UFC debut. The same Lesnar who left the UFC and MMA as a whole to return to the squared circle of the WWE.

Of all the fighters Overeem could have called out in that moment, he chose to call out the one person who posed no threat to him whatsoever. Overeem might as well have called out an incoherent infant at that point. Real champions want to test their skills against the best fighters in the world; Overeem on the other hand wanted to call out someone who had since left the sport entirely.

At this point, Overeem had already established his disappointment status, but he wasn’t done there. In his next bout against UFC journeyman Ben Rothwell, Overeem once again was put to sleep. Make no mistake, Rothwell is tough and he had power, but come on Overeem; elite talents don’t lose to the Rothwell’s of the world.

Overeem is hanging on by a thread right now in the UFC; three losses in five bouts is enough to put anyone on the chopping block, but three knockout losses is a big hurdle to overcome.

Overeem’s next opponent is Stefan Struve who is no world beater by any means, but Overeem has shown that he can make a middle of the road fighter look good. Whether he wins or not at this point doesn’t really matter; Overeem just doesn’t belong in the UFC and the time has come for him to return to the minor leagues.





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Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2014-10-19 at: 02:39
i agree with this article BUT lol the man who wrote this with all due respect sounds like a use to be fan of overeem who is but hurt now !

I hope i did not offend anyone by that remark ..that being said i also think overeem did not live up to the hype surrounding him but it,s not all his fault yes he did interviews every minute he could and yes he loved the attention and yes he has eaten all he can money wise and yes he had the media in his hands ..

But let,s be honest who put the brand best STRIKER EVER on him that was the UFC hype machine and the fans he just made the mistake that he started to belief his own hype as a fan of mma and overeem being one of my many favorite fighters i all ready knew that his road would not be so easy as people would think and said it would be

No excuses overeem was fed fighters he should have been able to beat easy (if he really is a ELITE fighter) travis brown antonio silva ben rothwel all names he should have beaten but ended up being beaten by (lol)

In my opinion he lost because of a BAD DEFENCE and weak footwork but thats a other story.. as for as him being the biggest bust in ufc history i have to agree but it could have been different if the media and ufc did not HYPE HIM UP SO MUCH

In my opinion he will never be able to be hw champ in the ufc because he has lost to many fights plus his are is gone and his whole prime shape over all ..

Most hw fighters now are days know how to beat him just survive the storm and counter in a smart way !
D-rop, Video editor (2420 posts)
Posted: 2014-10-20 at: 12:13
I agree with Rishi.
The author is almost 100% right, but I sense only negativity ...
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2014-10-21 at: 12:04
Overoid has no chin....he was hyped but really how many of us kickboxing fans really hoped he would thrive
stark (1143 posts)
Posted: 2014-10-21 at: 06:21
Don't get me wrong, but somehow I knew he won't make it. I always thought he was overrated. When he got off that horse meat, he lost the thing which gave him all his titles, power. Without it, he is just an average fighter.
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2014-12-14 at: 01:34
Lol i know this forum is kind of DEAD at the moment mauybe i,m the only member left hahah ..

But anyway any one watched ufc yesterday ?? where some nice fights on there
Jds Diaz ectra ..


But to stick on topic (overeem looked good yesterday good game plan he used his brain for once and not just his brute force !

I still don,t think he is a match for jds or cain thsoe 2 are just to mutch for him
but he cleary can take on any hw in the top 10 ..just not the onces with iron jaws and superman cardio .. (lol)
Cdn Mongoose (1425 posts)
Posted: 2014-12-15 at: 10:17
Yes good game plan ..patience...
Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2014-12-16 at: 11:13
@Cdn Mongoose Yeah looks like jackson,s mma gym is doing him good !
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