Alistair Overeem scored his second straight win at UFC 185 this past Saturday — and Dana White has taken notice.
The UFC President appeared on FOX Sports 1 after the event (as transcribed by Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting), and described the victory — a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson — as the case of Overeem looking “better than he ever looked.”
Overeem mostly picked the slower Nelson apart over the bout three rounds, landing punches, knees, and kicks. By FightMetric‘s account, Overeem landed almost three times as many significant strikes as Nelson. He also connected at a startlingly effective accuracy rate of 73%: a total of 63 of 84. Nelson managed to land only 23 of 77 significant strikes, or 29%.
But White had concerns about the Dutchman’s performance, too — saying Overeem, who improved his MMA record to 39-14-1 with the win, lacked “killer instinct.”
“He had Roy hurt at one point,” White sighed. “He doesn’t like to take risks, but he looked good tonight.”
White also praised the heart and resiliency of Nelson, who fell 20-11 with the loss. It was “Big Country’s” second straight defeat, and fourth in his last five UFC appearances — and it’s unclear what’s next for him.
But White sounded bullish on an idea for Overeem’s next opponent: former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos, who earned a decision victory back in December against Stipe Miocic.
That bout was a memorable standup affair, and the pairing of noted strikers Dos Santos and Overeem would seem a natural. In fact it has been planned in the past, only to fall through due to injuries in training.
“I like it,” White said. “Does Overeem like it?”