After it was announced that Alistair Overeem will battle Frank Mir at UFC 167, it didn’t take long for the fight to be labelled with the ‘loser leaves town’ narrative. After all, Overeem is coming off consecutive stoppage losses to “Bigfoot” Silva and Travis Browne, and Mir has been defeated by Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett in his last three scraps. Although both men are two of the sport’s more experienced heavyweights and are decorated fighters, not many people believe the loser on November 16th will remain with the UFC.
Overeem appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” Monday, and when asked about could come next if he loses to Mir, “The Demolition Man” stated (transcription via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m telling you this, if I lose to Frank Mir I’d better start doing something else,” said Overeem, who had gone undefeated in 12 straight bouts before facing Silva in February. “If I lose to him and that’s three in a row, then I’d better start doing something else, right?”
So does “something else” mean changing up his approach and or training? Or finding a new line or work altogether? Overeem added:
“Well, I’d still like to fight a couple of years — that being said, I’m not going to retire. Primarily, I just need to beat this guy.”
It is crazy to think that less than two years removed from Overeem’s memorable destruction of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in December, 2011, the Dutch fighter’s UFC run could come to a close on November 16th. Of course, if he can score an impressive victory, then 2014 could be a rebound year for the 33 year-old heavyweight.
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