Earlier this year, on the main card of UFC 209, Alistair Overeem knocked out a fellow veteran striker in Mark Hunt. With this win, Overeem moved to 2-0 over Hunt, having tapped him out back in 2008 under the DREAM banner.
Since then, Hunt has had plenty to say about Overeem, calling him a cheater on multiple occasions. On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Overeem fired back at Hunt – and he did not hold back.
“Mark is also one of those veteran fighters, I respect him a lot, but in the end, he’s just a talker,” Overeem said on The MMA Hour (via MMAFighting.com). “In the end, I’ve fought him twice. I beat him as a light heavyweight (in 2008), I broke his arm, and I’ve knocked him out as a heavyweight. And actually, both fights, I was not fit. Because the first fight, I’m a light heavyweight fighting a guy — I was 106kg fighting him, who was 135kg. What is that, I’m 235 (pounds), he’s 280? I broke his arm, and that was on short notice. That was on a five-day notice. I got the call Monday; on, I think, Tuesday or Wednesday I was on the plane; and Saturday we fought.
“Now (at UFC 209), I had a good camp, but I had food poisoning the day before, and I knocked him out. So yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know what he wants from me. I think I’ve shown to the world that I’m the better fighter.”
Ultimately, Overeem feels that Hunt is just a talker.
“Words don’t hurt,” he said. “If [Hunt] wants to keep talking, keep talking. To me, he’s a guy who talks a lot anyway. He’s just talking because he has no facts, has no evidence, he doesn’t have anything to back it up. I’ve thought of him a little bit higher previously, I actually am a fan of his style. Still am. But yeah, mental-wise, I think he’s a little bit out there.”
Alistair Overeem returns to action this Saturday, when he takes on Fabricio Werdum in a rubber match on the main card of UFC 213.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/4/2017.