Side-by-side pic: UFC 169's Alistair Overeem 'before' and 'after' focusing on cardio, not muscle mass

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

The struggling heavyweight striker has gone into the shop for repairs (see below). But will the a rebirth for "The Reem" translate into a win in "The Garden State?"

What goes up, must come down.

That includes the muscle mass of Alistair Overeem, which may have played a role in a pair of unsuccessful appearances inside the Octagon. After Antonio Silva knocked him silly at UFC 156, budding heavyweight contender Travis Browne kicked his head into the sixth row at UFC Fight Night 26 last August.

Time to shed some of that extra horse meat and ramp up the conditioning.

"I actually dropped some weight," Overeem told MMA Junkie. "I wanted improved cardio, so obviously you want to lose some weight. That actually goes automatic. A lot more cardio and you automatically lose a lot of weight. We just wanted [my cardio] to be better."

This news may come as a surprise, considering "Demolition Man" already had what he called "crazy cardio" after training with pro football players (really). Overeem likely bartered some of his conditioning for power after abandoning the light heavyweight division a few years back.

But it hasn't come without a price.

"The Reem" was popped for testosterone abuse in early 2012, after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) surprised him at a Las Vegas casino, asking for a glass of Dutch lemonade. Following nine months on the sidelines, the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion returned to form, but has yet to secure a win.

We'll see if his new and improved physique (see below) will make a difference (click to enlarge).

Reem-sbs_medium
Photos by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.

Despite his weight loss, "Reem" is actually a pound-and-a-half heavier now than in his last fight.

Overeem (36-13) is currently set to do battle against fellow struggling heavyweight Frank Mir on the main card of the UFC 169 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Feb. 1, 2014) inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey (preview here).

You liking his chances?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker