Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Alistair Overeem hasn't sported many grins since pummeling Brock Lesnar into retirement in his promotional debut at UFC 141 back in 2011.
Since then, Overeem has endured some pitfalls, first failing a pre-fight drug test to squander a title fight with then-heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos before their scheduled bout at UFC 146. "The Demolition Man" then mistakenly underestimated Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in their co-main event tilt at UFC 156, a miscue that cost him his first KO loss since 2007.
After dominating the first two rounds, the hulking Dutchman ran out of fuel in the third, succumbing to a barrage of vicious strikes from Silva just 25 seconds into the round.
In the night's co-main event, the fifth-ranked Overeem will get a crack at vindication against another gargantuan opponent and another KO victim of Bigfoot in Travis Browne.
A loss to Browne, ranked eighth in the UFC's heavyweight division, could send Overeem, who hasn't dropped two straight fights since losing to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Ricardo Arona, out of the top 10.
A win over the 6'7" Browne, on the contrary, could help The Demolition Man regain his footing and get back in a short line for a heavyweight title shot.