Although Alistair Overeem currently doesn’t have a winning record in the UFC, the punishing striker and decorated fighter still has his sights set on the promotion’s heavyweight championship.
Since Overeem arrived in the UFC in 2011, the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champ has scored some memorable wins, but he’s also incurred several, devastating losses. As “The Reem” gets set to fight Roy Nelson this Saturday at UFC 185, his Octagon record stands at 3-3.
Recently, Overeem spoke to UFC.com about the upcoming bout, as well as his future, and the 34 year-old had this to say:
“I still have a couple more years to go and I definitely see the UFC title in range, but that means I’ve got to stay focused and I’ve got to stay active. That UFC title is the biggest accomplishment and will be the crown of my career, so I’ve set my goals and sacrifice comes with that. I’m here, I’m ready to go and after this fight, I’ll hit the gym again and request to fight again soon.”
Now sure, since Overeem has been stopped in three of his last five bouts, some folks might scoff at these comments. But, Overeem is coming off an impressive, KO win over Stefan Struve and by all accounts, things are going well for him at Jackson-Wink MMA. So, if he can go out and score another, big win over Nelson on Saturday, the Dutch fighter will have some solid momentum behind him…
Of course, if he falls prey to a right hand from Nelson, his status as a top tier heavyweight will be in serious jeopardy.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, and in the main event, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will take on Rafael dos Anjos.
The main card will be available via pay-per-view.