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Mirko Filipovic says lack of PEDs partially to blame for Alistair Overeem’s loss

Antonio Silva v Alistair Overeem - UFC 156The UFC lost a top contender in the heavyweight division over the weekend when Alistair Overeem suffered his first loss in more than five years, falling to the stand-up of Antonio Silva at UFC 156. Though Overeem was a favorite entering the fight, he was also a man who’d spent more than a year on the sidelines with most of the time stemming from illegal testosterone use.

The Overeem who showed up against Silva lacked much of the firepower (and physique) fans had come to associate with the heavy-handed Dutchman, leaving room for legendary striker Mirko Filipovic to say what many were already thinking in relation to the timing of things.

“I wasn’t surprised by Silva’s victory at all and I had believed he would win. I don’t want to come off as a smart-ass or say I knew it all along, so I’ll explain why I’d believed so. First, Silva is a big tough guy with a huge heart who had demolished Fedor and he needs no better reference than that, and Alistair hugely underestimated him and belittled him with his arrogant statements, so this mobilized Silva in the best possible way,” explained Filipovic to Croatian outlet Fight Site. “Second, Silva is a natural heavyweight, and Alistair – for the first time since way back in 2007, when he began to gain huge weight – fought without the drugs he had used constantly for years, including testosterone and all the other s— that goes with it.”

“Watching the weigh-in, I saw that his muscles mass was nowhere near his usual, he had the weight, but he wasn’t nearly as carved out and defined, since he couldn’t take anything because he was watched by the Athletic Commission,” the PRIDE/K-1 icon continued. “This also reflects on the psyche of a man who’s been using stuff to increase his strength, endurance, pain tolerance and aggressiveness for years, and now there was none of that. Alistair is an excellent fighter, but he still owes that excellence to something that’s dirty and unpermitted, and, in the end, very dangerous to health.”

Overeem has been linked to PED use for years after bulking up but had never been popped until last year in the months leading up to a shot at then-champion Junior dos Santos. “Cro Cop” crossed paths with Overeem back in 2008 under the DREAM banner with the effort ending prematurely due to a series of knees to Filipovic’s groin.


  • hindsightufuk says:

    i know everyone’s had their say on this and heres mine, i personally think it was down to lack of effort.
    i remember during the Werdum fight screaming ‘FUCKING HIT HIM’ (to both Werdum & Overeem), and it was the same against Bigfoot, he seemed so sure he would catch him at some point that he didnt actually throw many punches. or kicks. or elbows. or knees. or anything that landed flush.
    i just think if you’re a pedigree striker, in a professional fight, throw some strikes. to the face and head maybe. i found it helped me back in the day.

    boy did i jump and holler when Bigfoot got busy.

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Thank you Mirko, you are correct sir. Feed Overreem to either JDS or a moving up for the first time Jon Jones.

  • MCM says:

    Well said hindsight. Kyle dropped Bigfoot by bull rushing him, Werdum came back from a beating in round 1 to win the dec. by staying active and taking the fight to Silva. Same with Cormier and Cain. I don’t know what the hell is going on down in Boca Raton, but neither Overeem nor Rashad come out to compete, much less finish their fights.

    And I was outta my seat at the bar screaming at the screen when Bigfoot hit him. 😉

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I thought it was strange with all the K-1 experience of Overeem we did not see more kicks. He threw a few , but with the huge advantage in kicking skill he should have done more to keep Silva off balance.

    Silva was coming straight at him the whole fight. There was no mistake Silva was going to throw punches until someone stopped him. Overeem was doing an acceptable job of keeping him from doing too much damage and tying up against the cage. Not exciting but, we was winning.

    I dunno if it was PED’s or lack there of that made the difference. It looked like to me Overeem decided this huge man standing in front of him did not posses the power to hurt him and got cocky.

    Even if he won I think Cain would have put a beating on him. Josh Barnett or Roy Nelson would be intriguing fights for Overeem or Bigfoot

  • Niv says:

    I think Mirco needs to just go away right now. I sense his assessment is more for a self serving reason than anything else. Overeem showed a quality fighter like Silva zero respect and found out the hard way that you in any weight class but especially the HW class cannot survive if you don’t respect your opponent.

    Silva caught him and finished him, nothing to do with PED’s or lack of PED’s.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    I agree niv. I didnt see to many combos from reem and he learned everyone not there to be stars there here to fight. “lesner”

  • RicM says:

    …’s not an issue with PED’s, or being too cocky, or any of that…..the answer is simple…….he’s not getting quality horsemeat anymore…….

  • elsicilian says:

    Mirko’s point seemed to be that – to an almost absurd degree and much more than ANYONE in the modern era of MMA – Overeem a built an entire career on PEDs. He’s not even a natural HW (after competing at LHW for most of his career he very quickly became a LARGE HW), and his most recent suspension only confirms what had been a very poorly-kept secret for many years.

    Anyway, it’s difficult to think of a more obvious example of somebody flourishing so much with PEDs, then suddenly (presumably) getting off the PEDs and suffering such a dramatic one-sided defeat. That’s not to take anything away from Bigfoot’s excellent performance, it’s just to say that circumstantially this fight becomes something much more than an ugly loss by an overconfident contender: ie. it’s actually a morality play and a cautionary tale about the effects (both positive and negative) of PEDs, and over time that’s how it will probably be remembered.


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