Though Alistair Overeem was recently added to the UFC Fight Night 50 card, he is already making big plans for his for his return. Overeem had recently been on sort of a bumpy track, losing two fights in a row against Bigfoot Silva and Travis Browne. However, he brought himself back into the winners circle with a unanimous decision win over Frank Mir at UFC 169 in February. Now, he wants nothing more than to prove that he’s totally healthy and that he’s ready to bring down the best in spectacular fashion.
“Knockout. It’s not going to be a decision fight because Ben is not that type of guy. And I, in general, also am not that type of guy. Sometimes there are exceptions, but in general. I always go for the finish. Even in the Mir fight I was going for the finish, I’m just not going to be sloppy and gas myself out and get in danger of getting submitted. Even in the Frank Mir fight, he was trying to go for the submission all the way to the end, trying to lure me into making a mistake. I did not let that happen and I fought a little of a safe fight, but I was still going for the finish. I was still clocking him. Did you see his face? Look at the stats. You can’t say I wasn’t trying to knock him out.”
Overeem will be coming into this fight with a new team in his corner, Jackson-Winklejohn of New Mexico. His departure from the Florida-based Blackzillians has caused a bit of tension, but he maintains that it was just an issue of finding the right chemistry in order to further himself.
“I think it has to do with chemistry. And chemistry has to do with mentality. Some people just mix better with other people. From the get go, and you’re aiming at the Blackzilians I think, the mentality was different. The chemistry was not optimal. It’s not their fault, it’s not my fault, it’s just the way it is. Sometimes you meet people and the chemistry is not all there, but your still a team. But when the training is not optimal, you’re not going to get optimal results. I came here with a blank sheet and I am just myself. I’ve had my fair share of gyms, Yo u have to be realize, it takes tame, be yourself and there are other people in the gym. You observe and take it easy, the chemistry here, the people are more like me, the mentality of what I have, so it works. I’m more in my element.”
“I’m not going to lower myself to talk bad about those guys, it’s just a waste of energy. I’m going to wish them luck in whatever they do. I’m going to focus on me, that’s it. I was (disappointed) a little bit because it was unnecessary and it just aggravates negative vibes. We are all searching for the positive vibes. Let’s just let bygones be bygones. Unfortunately, not everybody is that clever. So, yeah.”
So far, he has just seemed to move on and is focused on what’s ahead of him and beyond, like a possible match up with JDS again. While Dana White has publicly accused “the Reem“ of dodging a Junior Dos Santos fight with his injuries, Overeem claims that his relationship with the UFC President is just fine, and that Dana was unaware of the extent of his injuries at the time.
As for right now, he has to get through Big Ben Rothwell on September 5th at UFC Fight Night 50. Maybe after a successful performance, his opportunity will arise.
By Kenya Owens