Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem dropped by UFC Tonight yesterday for an interview with hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen to talk about his upcoming fight on the debuting Fox Sports 1 network..
"The Reem" will be squaring off opposite top 10-ranked Travis Browne next week (Aug. 17, 2013) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen in Boston, Massachusetts. When asked about the pivotal bout, he felt his experience would be key.
"Obviously I'm a striker so I'm going to be looking for that striking game. I also have submission game and wrestling, I'm well-rounded all-around. I think I'm gonna especially beat him in experience. I've had so much more fights than he has. He's very aggressive, but I think my experience is gonna be the turning point."
How much more experience you ask? Overeem (49) has fought in three times as many mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts as Browne (16) plus he's also competed in 14 kickboxing matches, even winning the 2010 K-1 Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
The talented Dutch kickboxer was on a five year unbeaten streak and was surely expecting to fight for the UFC heavyweight title, but he experienced a severe hiccup when he was knocked out in the third round of his UFC 156 fight against Antonio Silva earlier this year.
Overeem admitted he may have underestimated his opponent that night and he's learned his lesson:
"[Antonio Silva] knocked me out cold is what happened. I think there was a bit of underestimation. Bigfoot Silva is a very dangerous guy. He's got heavy bones. He's heavy. That was a costly price to pay. In the meantime, I've learned all the lessons I could have. I took some off to think over everything that wasn't right. In my time off I've been fixing everything and went back at it again. It's been four months now in camp. I feel good. I feel great and I look forward to fighting again in 12 more days."
Will the former "Demolition Man" parlay his lessons and experience into a victory over Browne next weekend?