If Travis Browne is intimidated by Alistair Overeem’s abilities or decorated resume, the rising heavyweight certainly isn’t showing any signs of it, as he gets ready to battle the Dutch star tonight at UFC Fight Night 26.
Overeem may be coming off an upset loss to “Bigfoot” Silva, but before that, the veteran had gone undefeated in 12 straight fights, and had defeated notable heavyweights like Fabricio Werdum, Todd Duffee and Brock Lesnar along the way. Overeem competed in his first pro MMA bout in 1999, while Browne’s didn’t take place until one decade later.
As a result, Overeem has pointed to his extensive record as a key reason why he’ll have the advantage in Boston tonight, but Browne doesn’t agree. During a recent media call to promote the event, Browne had this to say about Overeem’s argument (quotes thanks to MMA Weekly.com):
“On paper it makes sense, but I’ve been fighting with guys that have three times as much experience as I do my entire career.”
“I’ve had to learn fast. I’ve kind of come up the hard way in this sport and just a sense of my training partners and my coaches and that’s been something that I’ve been having to deal with since day one.”
“We’ll see on Saturday. Unless he throws something at me that I’ve never seen before, I’m not too sure that experience is really going to be the X-factor in the fight.”
Yes we shall. It’s an intriguing fight on so many levels, and it will be interesting to see what the UFC does with Overeem, if Browne pulls off the upset.
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