“The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem, former Strikeforce and Dream champion, was well on his way toward a UFC title shot.
After serving a suspension for a failed-drug test in 2012, Overeem was read to fight for the title. His only obstacle was Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Unfortunately, Silva would end up knocking out The Demolition Man in the third round and putting him out of the title picture for the time being. The Strikeforce champion was then supposed to face former champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 160, until he was sidelined from an injury.
Now Overeem will return to the octagon to face Travis Browne at the UFC on Fox 1 event, Aug. 17. If he can defeat Browne, it could be the first step on a path toward a shot at UFC gold.
Overeem said that he had underestimated Silva in their fight and has “learned all the lessons” he could have. Although he is coming into the fight with more experience, Browne has had an impressive run in the UFC so far, scoring finishing Stefan Struve, Chad Griggs and Gabriel Gonzaga. A win over Overeem would certainly allow Browne to move up in competition.
Even if he defeats Browne, Overeem may not get a title shot right off the bat. However he has a chance to prove himself against another top heavyweight. He could always face Silva in a rematch, or fight the loser of the dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez title fight in October.
Prior to coming to the UFC, Overeem was regarded one of the top heavyweights – if not the top heavyweight – in the world. If Overeem can go on to win the UFC title, he would certainly solidify himself as one of the best big men in MMA history.
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