The former Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1 champion says that he will make history when he goes to fight Cleveland’s UFC heavyweight champion on his home turf.
“The UFC is the one big one left, and it truly is the biggest one that’s worldwide,” Overeem told Champions during a media session (transcribed by MMA Junkie). “Everywhere I go, I get recognition. I get recognized. UFC truly is the elite, and it is the only one missing. So, the last belt, Sept. 10 w’ere going to get it, and we’re going write history.”
Overeem commented on his lengthy career and states that his resume is full of rich talent that he has beaten over the years.
“It’s been a long career,” Overeem said. “Twenty-two years of training and competing, and we beat Vitor (Belfort), we beat Badr (Hari), we beat Peter (Aerts). We beat all these names. We’ve got six UFC champions. Pretty proud of that, too. Stipe would make a great No. 7.
“But yeah, we’re just focused on work. We’re not really enjoying it. Why would you? Let’s just get this over with, and then we’ll take some time enjoy it after.”
While many bring up Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum in the talks of the heavyweight GOAT, Overeem disagrees with the popular candidates but doesn’t quite pin down who he feels is the greatest. Perhaps he is waiting till after UFC 203 is over to make that statement.