Why Alistair Overeem Will Wear UFC Gold
Since a dominant victory over former UFC contender Paul Buentello in November of 2007, Alistair Overeem has looked virtually unstoppable.
The victory over "The Headhunter" earned Overeem the Strikeforce title, where the Dutchman has since committed himself exclusively to the heavyweight division following a lengthy career spent in the 205-pound class.
Soon after, Overeem took his exploits overseas, where he became a prominent figure under the Dream banner. There, the former Golden Glory star went undefeated in battles with Mark Hunt, Kazuyuki Fujita, Todd Duffee and Mirko Cro Cop.
While with the promotion, Overeem competed on the year-end 2008 Dynamite!! show where "The Demolition Man" took on the world-renowned kickboxing great Badr Hari, who is arguably the best in the world.
Overeem knocked out the K-1 bad boy in a little over two minutes of action, opening the doors for the Hounslow native to enter the kickboxing realm exclusively.
In 2010, the behemoth heavyweight entered the 16-man World Grand Prix tournament where he bested the field of talented strikers, besting Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki and the legendary Peter Aerts all in one night, cinching the prestigious GP title in the process.
Alistair eventually returned to the Strikeforce promotion, where he defended his crown against the heavy-hitting Brett Rogers, stopping the big man with a first-round TKO. After a decision win over Fabricio Werdum followed, Overeem eventually made his way to the UFC, where he was pitted against former champion Brock Lesnar in arguably his most daunting task to date.
In an aesthetically pleasing performance, Overeem showed his striking prowess when he stopped the former NCAA Division I champion with strikes, retiring the heavyweight great after the first-round drubbing concluded.
With nearly 50 professional fights under his belt, Overeem is one of the most experienced men to enter the Octagon in recent years, despite being just 31 years old.
The enigmatic fighter has proven time and time again that he has the right stuff to compete against just about any man in the world, and with his confidence riding an all-time high, the heavy-hitter is poised for big things in the UFC.
Now he will have the chance to capture gold against reigning champ Junior dos Santos, who is set with the difficult task of stopping the seemingly unstoppable rise of Overeem.
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