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Monday, 02/03/2014, 03:28 pm

Overeem Responds To Dana White’s Criticism, Admits To Playing It Safe Against Frank Mir

Dana’s a very upfront character. I like that about him, I like to know where I’m at. He’s entitled to his opinion, as we all are. Do i think it’s fair? I think it was a very technical performance. It is what it is. I can’t make more of it now. I can understand him, he’s a promoter, he wants to have exciting fights. Ratings matter, fans matter, fans want exciting fights. That is important. I hope he also understands my position. I mean, of course I’m fighting in a loser leaves town match, so of course, for me, and also since the Travis fight, that has been a factor, a lot of things about my cardio. Sometimes, in life, you don’t always get what you want. Of course, I’d rather had punched him out in one minute, but then, I would have gotten, ‘Yeah, but he can’t last three rounds.’ Then maybe I wouldn’t have learned my lesson from the Travis fight.”

“Listen, I’m still that guy that wants to knock people’s head off. But it is important to have that switch. Sometimes it’s not possible. You can want it as hard as you want, and if I look at my history, my last fight, that was my downfall, going for that knockout. So, it’s logical and I hope that viewers back home and everybody watching can understand that.”

During today’s episode of ‘The MMA Hour’ UFC heavyweight, Alistair Overeem, addressed the recent criticism from Dana White and talked about his cautious game plan for his UFC 169 bout against Frank Mir.

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78 Comments to Overeem Responds To Dana White’s Criticism, Admits To Playing It Safe Against Frank Mir

  1. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Man, I really like Overeem. He’s good at what he does, but he is a dead fish once he’s on his back and Cain would kill this dude. I think a healthy Lesnar taking him down and putting him on his back, it’s over. Don’t think the OverHulk can fight on the ground much. Too bad he wasn’t a wrestler. Typical kickboxing retard. I’d like to see him slug it out with JDS though!

    • Kingtiger says:

      “Typical kikcboxing retard??” He won the ADCC european trials. He is not bad on the ground. actually has more wins by submissions than K.O’s. just sayin’

    • Dumbass says:

      “typical kickboxing retard”….are you fucking serious with that?

    • You’re pretty clueless to his strengths and weaknesses. He has legit BJJ. His biggest weakness is his cardio, his ground game is world class.

      • StaalOntwerp says:

        I’d say his biggest weakness is his chin now.

        • Xaninho says:

          That has a lot to do with the cardio.

        • Michael Johnston says:

          How do you work out your weak chin?

        • sylverdrag says:

          Lack of cardio makes you want to give up. It puts you to the edge, ready for the plucking. So fixing the cardio is one good step towards a better “chin”.

          The second “fix” is to tighten the guard. Keep those hands up at all times, don’t try to lure your opponents in with fake openings, don’t go for flashy moves, just keep a tight game.

          He has a weak chin, he just need to play a game that reflect that fact, the same way that a guy with short reach can’t play a game based on reach advantage.

          We all have to work with what we got, and all in all, he has more than most.

      • Canscrubenha says:

        Agreed. If he had paced himself against Browne like he did against Mir he’d had come away with the W. Same thing goes for the Bigfoot fight.

        I think in a rematch he beats both of them handily.

    • thommo888 says:

      he’s had 21 submissions in his career and you don’t think he has a ground game lmao

    • Xaninho says:

      You do realize he owned Frank Mir on the ground right? And you do realize that Overeem has submission wins over high level BJJ black belts right?

      The fact that his striking is absolute world class doesn’t mean he can’t grapple.

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        Mir is not a wrestler. What would Cain do to him?

        • Xaninho says:

          Cain would try to do the same as he did with JDS. He would push him against the fence and eat Overeem’s knees in the meantime, Overeem is not easy to take down.

  2. Gomay Sheet says:

    Guess he has nothing to say about the sorry ass undercard fighters/

  3. Michael Johnston says:

    I kind of want to see Overeem win some more fights so he can get knocked the fuck out by a superior striker again. Fun to watch him fight.

    • Canscrubenha says:

      Superior Striker? You mean like Bigfoot who was getting outstruck very badly before Overeem gassed?

      Or Travis Browne who was hurt very badly and was losing badly before Overeem gassed?

    • Xaninho says:

      Bigfoot and Browne were in no way a superior striker. They were completely outclassed up until Overeem gassed out. In fact I don’t see any fighter in the UFC with superior striking. You’re talking about a k1 champion here.

  4. Canscrubenha says:

    I figured it all out. Dana is just pissed because Overeem forces him to fire Mir now. It’s his own fault for saying that one of the guys isn’t gonna be in the UFC after the fight.

    Mir should retire now though.

    • B0$$ says:

      Eat a dick loser. mir should just fight fighters slightly out of the top 10.

      • Canscrubenha says:

        Mature response. From a guy who calls himself B0$$ nonetheless.

        I’m saying Mir should retire because I know he has a future outside of the sport as a trainer or an analyst… or both. He’s a highly intelligent individual, but his career is nearing its end.

        Truth be told he hasn’t been the same since he broke his leg.

        I wasn’t bashing Mir at all, I was saying that Dana is pissed off because now he has to fire Mir in order to not look like a total puss.

        So maybe instead of flying off the handle and passing out the “Eat a dick” comments you should use the grey matter in your head and think rationally.

        I know it’s the internet, I know it’s cool to be a douche bag when you’re anonymous, but get over it.

  5. Robert Åkergren says:

    Fakk Dana you did great

  6. Marky13 says:

    Alistair did what he had too, and beat the pulp out of Mir and got the win, Alistair is right everyone is intitled to there opinion,(Dana White) , im just glad to see that the majority of the comments here are for the best intrest of Alistair.. He may have played it safe but not to safe, his 139 strikes landed to Mirs 5, I think that says it all…

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