Devil’s Advocate | Alistair Overeem

Hey there Buzz Fans, we’ve got no fights to cover this Saturday night. The UFC is taking this weekend to regroup after the action packed three cards they put on at Fight Island. It will definitely be a hard act to follow, but if anyone can do it, “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem can do it.

Overeem has done it all in the sport of MMA, and been a major star in the UFC for over a decade. He’s fought the very best in the heavyweight division, he’s won some and he’s lost some, but no matter what Overeem has always been an exciting fighter to watch. As recently as last week Overeem was questioned about his retirement, if he had actually thought about it. Alistair stated that he would retire after he won the UFC Heavyweight Championship.

I am probably not the only one who thinks that this was a very BOLD statement. Now as we all know, Stipe Miocic is the UFC Heavyweight Champion, and is slated to fight the most terrifying Heavyweight of all time in Francis Nganno. Supposedly Jon Jones is going to fight the winner of said bout. Then there’s Curtis Blaydes in the #3 ranked position, followed by Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and then Derrick Lewis. That rounds out the top five in the Heavyweight division. As it stands on this very date, Alistair Overeem 40 years old, and out of the top five-plus of the Heavyweight champion, and he’s lost to everyone mentioned except Derrick Lewis.

There’s always been trash talk and a lot of heat between the two, but never any actual fights. Everyone of these fights were ended by knockout, Stipe KO’d him in the first round. Everyone remembers the Hadouken punch from Francis Nganno that nearly decapitated Overeem. Rozenstruik was losing every minute or every round of their fight… until the 5th when Rozenstruik KO’ed him as well.

Let’s not forget the greatest of all time, Jon Jones has supposedly bulked up to 240 pounds and was already a killer at 205 pounds, but could still be a very interesting fight. But back to the topic at hand, Overeem is on a two fight win streak, first against Walt Harris early in 2020 at UFC on ESPN May 16th. In this fight he showed that he still has the heart of a champion, getting dropped and hurt badly in the first round. But he came back in the second with a huge head kick to win Then he beat Augusto Sakai with a TKO in the 5th. So Overeem has looked good his last two outings, and that’s landed him just outside the top 5.

So now he will fight again this coming Saturday, against the hot up and comer Alexander Volkov coming off of a victory against a familiar name. Volkov also beat Walt Harris and looked very good in the fight, showing great use of range and good striking, has been slowly making his way up the depleted Heavyweight division. I’m not quite sure how this fight turns out maybe Overeem wins and can make a statement.

But to me if wins, or he loses, either way he will always be “The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem.

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