Alistair Overeem may not be fighting for the UFC Heavyweight Championship next like he hoped, but his upcoming, UFC Fight Night 26 bout with Travis Browne still has a ton riding on it. Despite the fact Overeem’s trophy case is stacked full with championships, he is coming off a knockout loss to Antonio Silva. Another defeat would be a significant setback for a man, who not long ago, many believed would be the next UFC heavyweight king.
Of course, Overeem will face no easy task in battling Browne, who has cruised through most of his UFC opponents thus far. In fact, if not for the hamstring injury he incurred versus Silva last October, “Hapa” might be undefeated. So how does “The Demolition Man” plan to take out Browne on August 17th? While appearing on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight”, Overeem stated:
“I’m a striker and I’m looking for that striking game. I also have a submission game and I also have some wrestling. I’m all around. I think I’m especially going to beat him in the experience. I have so many more fights than he has. He’s very aggressive, but my experience is going to be the turning point.”
It is true that in terms of experience, Browne has fought just 15 times compared to Overeem, who has nearly 50 MMA bouts under his belt and has also competed extensively in kickboxing. That said, Browne has looked pretty solid under the bright lights of the UFC so far. If Overeem blasts him with a hard kick or knee, however, then things will get interesting. Regardless of who wins, it’s a pretty sweet fight to be getting for ‘free’ on cable.
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