As we all know, the hype train that followed Alistair Overeem into UFC 156 came to a crashing halt on February 2nd, thanks to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Overeem was a big favorite to win the bout and then move on to a showdown with Cain Velasquez, but “Bigfoot” had other ideas.
Up next, Overeem will look to get back into the title shot mix when he takes on Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17th. The vaunted striker appeared on the latest edition of FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” to discuss the upcoming bout, and not surprisingly, was asked what went down at UFC 156.
“What happen was he knocked me out cold. I think there was a little bit of an under-estimation. He’s a dangerous guy. He has heavy bones. That was a costly price to pay. In the meantime I’ve learned all the lessons I could have. I took some time off to overthink everything that wasn’t right. In my own way I’ve been fixing everything. I’ve been in camp for four months and I feel great. I look forward to fighting again in 12 days.”
Pretty candid response, and it’s not surprising to hear someone nicknamed “Bigfoot” actually has “heavy bones.” Now, not only does Overeem-Browne have some serious edge of your seat potential, but it remains to be seen what the UFC will do with the winner. One would think neither guy would lock up a title shot, but they’ll probably be within reach. When asked if he thinks a victory over Browne will make him the #1 contender, Overeem said:
“That’s for the gentleman upstairs to decide. My goal is the UFC belt. That would crown my career. So I’m just going to give it all I have.”
August 17th could be something special. UFC Fight Night 26 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
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