The upcoming UFC Fight Night 26 tilt between Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne is an extremely important fight for both men, but it’s probably safe to say the “Demolition Man” has a lot more to lose. After Overeem demolished Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, the general consensus was that the former Strikeforce and K-1 champ was headed straight to a title shot. Then of course, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva introduced Overeem’s face to his “heavy bones” in what was one of the year’s biggest upsets. If Overeem loses another bout on August 17th, then the feared striker’s championship run will be seriously set back.
Aside from a stoppage loss to Silva (which came moments after “Hapa” injured his hamstring), Browne has been steadily rising the heavyweight ranks, and a win against Overeem would certainly be huge. Sure, a loss would reset his own title shot run, but Browne is a slight underdog heading in (roughly around +150 on the betting lines).
While appearing on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”, Overeem was asked why and how he thinks he’ll defeat the rising star and the veteran stated this:
“I’m a striker and I’m looking for that striking game. I also have a submission game and I also have some wrestling. I’m all around. I think I’m especially going to beat him in the experience. I have so many more fights than he has. He’s very aggressive, but my experience is going to be the turning point.”
Overeem heads into UFC Fight Night 26 armed with a MMA record of 36-12, which includes a lot of fights against top tier competition in Strikeforce, PRIDE and DREAM. In addition, the Dutch heavyweight has competed professionally in kickboxing as noted above, so he does have a lot more experience than Browne (14-1-1). Guess we’ll find out soon enough whether that experience is an advantage or not.
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