Overeem floored Arlovski with a jumping kick at UFC Fight Night 87 last weekend, and then finished the deal with follow up punches. Afterwards, “The Reem” began campaigning for a bout with the winner of Werdum -Stipe Miocic, which will go down tonight at UFC 198. The victory was Overeem’s fourth straight.
Due to Overeem’s recent run, and because he’s fought Werdum twice before, there’s been a lot of talk about a third bout between the two. Werdum submitted the Dutch fighter in their first encounter back in 2006, before the latter decisioned the Brazilian in 2011.
Recently Werdum was asked to weigh-in on Overeem’s latest win, as well as the prospect of fighting him again. Here is some of what “Vai Cavalo” had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I thought it was a good win,” Werdum said. “Overeem is really smart when he’s fighting, had the patience to wait for the right moment. His technical kick surprised everyone, like Lyoto Machida (versus Randy Couture). I liked it.”
“I don’t like to give excuses but I was overtrained,” Werdum added, while reflecting on his second bout with Overeem. “The fight was canceled twice and I didn’t stop training. I overtrained. I never felt like that before. I got too tired after throwing one punch. The fight was horrible for both of us, nobody liked it. I submitted him at Pride, and it was a tough fight. It’s 1-1 now, and let’s see what the UFC decides.”
Getting by Miocic likely won’t be easy, but if Werdum does, one would think there’s a good chance he’ll face Overeem next.
UFC 198 will take place at the Aren da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. In the co-main event, “Jacare” Souza will face fellow middleweight contender Vitor Belfort.
Tonight’s card is going to be crazy….