Chances are, a lot of fans and pundits have written off Alistair Overeem as a legitimate threat to win the UFC title, but the decorated heavyweight clearly sees things another way.
Of course, it wasn’t that long ago really, when many people believed Overeem was headed for a a title shot. But, since Overeem took out Brock Lesnar in 2011, the feared striker has gone 2-3, and has been stopped by the likes of “Bigfoot” Silva, Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell.
Well, Overeem is set to fight fellow contender Roy Nelson at UFC 185 on Saturday, and if he wins, the Dutch fighter will have some nice momentum behind him. In December, Overeem KO’d out Stefan Struve to get back on track, and by all accounts, things are going quite well for him at his new camp, Jackson-Wink MMA.
All this, is likely why Overeem recently told UFC.com the following, while discussing his aspirations for 2015 and beyond.
“I still have a couple more years to go and I definitely see the UFC title in range, but that means I’ve got to stay focused and I’ve got to stay active. That UFC title is the biggest accomplishment and will be the crown of my career, so I’ve set my goals and sacrifice comes with that. I’m here, I’m ready to go and after this fight, I’ll hit the gym again and request to fight again soon.”
Interesting no? While Overeem has some serious work to do before he’s back in the title shot mix, making moves in the heavyweight division is probably easier than any other.
First things first, however, and that’s Roy Nelson and his ridiculously, heavy right hand. If you’re wondering, the betting lines have “The Reem” as the favorite in the -190 to -230 range.
UFC 185 will be hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas. In the main event, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis will take on Rafael dos Anjos.