If Alistair Overeem had bombed out Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156, then we would all be talking about whether the “Demolition Man” has what it takes to defeat Cain Velasquez, rather than the champ’s rubbber match with Junior dos Santos. Of course, in what is now one of the UFC’s most famous, jaw dropping moments, Silva punted Overeem’s title shot by knocking out the decorated fighter.
Now, Overeem will have to get through Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17th, if he hopes to get back into the title shot hunt. The Dutch heavyweight appeared on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight” to discuss the upcoming bout, and had this to say about his shocking loss to Silva.
“What happen was he knocked me out cold. I think there was a little bit of an under-estimation. He’s a dangerous guy. He has heavy bones. That was a costly price to pay. In the meantime I’ve learned all the lessons I could have. I took some time off to overthink everything that wasn’t right. In my own way I’ve been fixing everything. I’ve been in camp for four months and I feel great. I look forward to fighting again in 12 days.”
That’s a good way of looking at it, and not too many people are likely going to argue with the explanation either (although considering the size of “Bigfoot”, one could counter it was more of a ‘massive under-estimation’). So with that defeat in mind, what are the chances Overeem is going to overlook the 6’7 tall Browne? Who has scored several impressive wins during his UFC tenure? 5 percent? Zero?
That’s a huge fight that can’t get here soon enough. In case you’re wondering, Overeem currently sits at #5 in the UFC heavyweight division while “Hapa” is ranked #8.
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