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Could Alistair Overeem be headed out the UFC’s front door?

Could Alistair Overeem be headed out the UFC’s front door?

UFC president Dana White was non-committal in regard to the future of Alistair Overeem Saturday night.

Overeem was knocked out for the second straight time, as Travis Browne landed a perfectly-placed front-kick to his chin in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 26.

Earlier this year, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion failed to put away Antonio Silva, allowing “Bigfoot” the chance to KO him instead. The loss knocked him out of the No. 1 contender spot he earned following a win in his Octagon debut vs. Brock Lesnar in 2011.

“I have no idea,” said White, when asked about Overeem’s future during his post-fight media scrum. “I don’t know.”

White added that things like that are not made the night of the fight, but you would have to think “The Reem” and his large salary are becoming more of a nuisance than an enjoyment at this point.

Prior to his recent losses, Overeem (36-13) had won eight straight, including victories over Lesnar and Fabricio Werdum.

  • SBERG says:

    Yes – 2 loses against guys he was “supposed ” to beat in a row.
    Big paycheck every time he fights.
    No roids, no endurance….Glass chin.

    No – Name value..for now.

  • Screenplaya says:

    I actually hope he stays, but at a cheaper pay scale. He is the prototypical HW, he KOs you or you KO him. I am okay with that. Clearly, he needs to work on his cardio, to make up for the lack of steroids. Maybe he an Rua can work together on their cardio, as they really stand out as punishing fighters who get tuckered out.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Hmmm the only guy he beat was a fake fighter and now he can’t get out of the first round. Name value or not the has been guys cut for less

  • darth_irritable says:

    Sorry Moose, but that’s revisionist at best. Lesnar was legitimately badass until Diverticulitis destroyed him. He was never the same after that, but for a while there, he was a worldbeater.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t like the guy, but I think they give him one more chance. If he loses again though I don’t see how they wouldn’t cut him with three straight loses, plus all the trouble with drug tests he gives them

  • SBERG says:

    Money is going to be a huge factor in this….Is he still worth the promotional investment? Do you really want a gatekeeper pulling down the check he’s getting? He’s not going to headline cards anymore…that myth is busted….So again the dollar will speak heavy on this…

  • hindsightufuk says:

    heavyweight is still the weakest division in the entire sport, based on that i would hate to see Overeem cut. Appreciated he most likely gets paid a huge amount, but i’d much rather be watching him fight other top fighters and losing than leave the UFC and fight pretty much no one else. not like BFC will pick him up at that cost, outside of those two there are only a few decent HW’s knocking around in Europe, but thats it

  • MickeyC says:

    I would not be shocked if he got cut, but hope he gets another fight. I agree with the coments above, with the depth of the weight class and the fact that he bangs. Man, he and Brown were throwin down. Thats fights I want to see. But ya, Dana gona be on his Ass for sure.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    also if the ref had stopped that fight when Browne was curled up taking shots to the dome i dont think many would have complained, he wasnt doing much, and mad props to him for fighting through it.
    i’m also a little surprised there isn’t anyone saying it was an early stoppage on Overeem, guy deserves to be beaten about the head a little more before the ref stopped it i thought

  • raker says:

    Overeem was getting koed by LHW’s is the past. Unfortunately, the juice doesn’t do anything for ones chin

  • SBERG says:

    Reem was gassed at that point and took a kick to the chin that dropped him like a sack of potatoes , then took two big hammerfists that he made no defense of…..He was out. No need for any early stoppage talk. But your right about if they woulda stopped it before when Browne was turtled…..I thought they were going to but Browne showed some serious heart there…

  • MCM says:

    They gave Herman 4 losses in the UFC before he got cut and he had two drug suspension in that time. Yes Reem comes with a higher price tag but he still fucking sells. Have him fight Gonzaga or Schaub to get him back on track then he can still pull in PPV buys with fights against Big Nog, Mir, Barnett, Nelson, hell you could even throw him back in with Hunt at this point and he can still complete his trilogy with Werdum. Two losses in a row suck but it’s two losses to two top 10 fighters. There’s still a place for him in the UFC.

  • SBERG says:

    I agree MCM……But and this is a big but, if he gets tattoo’d by Gonzaga or Shaub…..Game Over….

  • MCM says:

    Ha. You said big butt.

    seriously though, if Reem loses to either of those guys he Should be released. But those are the types of fighters he was taking on outside the octagon when he supposedly looked indestructible, so I think he’s got the skills to win against them.

  • SBERG says:

    I think we have to keep in mind that outside the octagon and for that matter outside the US Reem is taking substances in one form or another too. I said in another thread that Reem fighting in the US and Reem fighting outside the US are two different fighters…..for a reason and no it ain’t horsemeat, then again it might be depending on what the horses were shot up with before slaughter…..

  • fanoftna33 says:

    If Reem fights Gonzaga we may witness the first ever UFC fight where both guys gas out in the first round and never get off the stools.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    He got knocked out by like the 20 attempt at a front kick. One more loss and hes cut. Give him mark hunt.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I understand that Reem’s last two fights have been embarrassing losses. Combine that with his failed drug test and hefty price tag and, yeah, there’s no question he’s been a disappointment so far compared to the hype he brought with him.

    But that being said, I think alot of people need to pump the brakes a bit. Getting rid of Overeem would be ridiculous for a few reasons…

    1) Despite the losses, he’s been very competitive. He won the first 2 rounds of the Bigfoot fight comfortably, before things shifted in the 3rd (kinda like Okami vs. Boetsch). And this past weekend he had Browne in a world of hurt… similar to Carwin vs. Brock, the fight could have easily been called but credit the ref for letting the action continue. In each of those fights Reem basically snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Meanwhile, a guy like Mir hasn’t won a single round while losing his past two fights and I don’t recall much noise about him being on his way out.

    2) Reem now has 3 fights in the UFC and all have ended up with fireworks. Dana tells us over & over & over again this is a huge factor in the UFC’s decision making. Even more so than wins & losses in many cases.

    3) As other comments touched on above, this is the HW division we’re talking about. Again, in a division where Mir can lose two straight fights without mustering any sort of attack whatsoever, and still hang on to a top-10 spot, there’s certainly plenty of room for Alistair Overeem.

  • SBERG says:

    I agree with everything you say Richard except about Mir…..He was 14 – 5 in the UFC before the 2 losses in a row….He’s earned his free pass. Other than that your spot on with your post…

  • Niv says:

    Richard I agree 100% with what you said including Mir. Yes Mir is 14-5 in the UFC but in his losses he’s been beaten handilly and also appears to possess that glass jaw, but as Richard correctly states this is the HW division and and getting ko’d should always be expected.

    As for skills, the Reem is on the upper level in the division without a doubt. What cracks me up is how many people are concerned about how much money he makes. As far as I’m concerned the more he makes the better. I like the idea that some fighters are making close to what they should get, considering the price they pay and risks they take in this job.

  • Angry Mike says:

    That was a great fight, but a strange one. Browne survives the onslaught against all odds (I thought he was done for) and Reem gets ko’d by a front kick that Browne had repeatedly thrown and landed and that Reem had no apparent plan to block or counter. Really strange.

  • SBERG says:

    He was gassed….Nothing left in the tank…I coulda hit’em with a swifter feather duster and he woulda fell…..

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t think the final front kick was exactly like the others. It looked to me that Browne saw he wasn’t going to block them, so was like screw it and threw the last one with a little bit more.

  • SBERG says:

    Mir lost to a Dos santos in a world title fight. Then lost to a Cormier who himself has the skillset to be a Champion. Mir has been in 5 Title fights in his career winning the belt twice(Once outright, once with the interim tag attached). He was the first person to KO Big Nog and then the first to sub( break his arm) Big Nog in the rematch. Doing all of this mind except for the first title after suffering a horrific motorcycle accident that should have ended his career altogether.
    And Reem did what in the UFC? Beat Lesnar after two stomach surgeries from which Lesnar never should have fought after the second. Got a gift wrapped title shot and blew it by testing positive. Came back and got KO’d by Antonio Silva. And now got KO’d by Travis Browne. Both fights proving that once you even so much as fart near his chin he’s going down. That makes him a upper level fighter? Ummm NO!!!
    The only part you were somewhat correct about is the money he makes.Sure…anyone should make as much as they can, more power to them but the point of the matter is how the money being paid out is worth the fighter UFC brass is getting in return. This is what I said in the first post about name value. Yes Reem is a name but that shine is wearing off bigtime. Can he turn it around? For his sake in the UFC he better.
    I don’t believe so but others think he can. Next fight, if he gets one will tell all we need to know….He wins, he stays. He gets KO’d again and he’s done. I’m leaning with the latter.

  • SBERG says:

    Meant to sat ” Doing all of this mind you” up there…lol dang typos.

  • SBERG says:

    Not in the minority. I watched it a few times. Travis knew Reem was toast and he unloaded the kick. It was solid.

  • Rich S. says:

    I still think Overeem is a great fighter and he’s capable of being champion… just not in the UFC. If he wants to compete with these guys, he has to improve his stamina and defense. I’m not really a fan of Browne, but he fought hard and got the job done, and there are plenty of other cats willing to do the same if you come into the octagon with an open chin and an empty gas tank.


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