“Surprised? The competition, and the level of competition in UFC, is just really high. I said that to my friends and to people that asked me before he got into the UFC. They said he would dominate, be champion of UFC and annihilate everybody. But I told them to just wait and see. The competition in UFC, you can’t really underestimate that. He was beating everybody outside of the UFC. But if you go to his record and also on K-1, if you really take a look at what he won and who he won against, then I’m actually not that impressed. Who did he really win against in a period where people were saying that he might be the No. 1 heavyweight in the world? Yeah, he beat Fabricio Werdum, but was it impressive? I didn’t think so. He won K-1, but in the first round he won against a mediocre fighter. Then he beat Gokhan Saki when he had a broken arm. Then he beat Peter Aerts, who was pissing blood after fighting Semmy Schilt. So, if you really take a good look at it, it’s not all that impressive. He was winning in impressive fashion, but not against the best guys in the world. Not in the UFC where the best talent is and has been.”
In a recent interview with “The MMA Hour” UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve discussed his upcoming opponent in Alistair Overeem.
The two square off on Dec. 13 as part of the UFC on FOX 13 main card.
Who takes it?