Since winning the Strikeforce heavyweight championship in November of 2007, Alistair Overeem has been a near perfect fighter. He has won nine straight contests, a number that would be at 10 if it were not for an unfortunate low blow on Mirko Filipovic that lead to a no-contest.
To add to his dominance, Overeem captured the K1 kickboxing heavyweight grand prix last December, becoming the first man to hold kickboxing and mixed martial arts titles simultaneously. Then at the New Years Eve K1 event, Overeem became the Dream interim heavyweight champion by knocking out Todd Duffee in less than a minute.
He has shown dominance in the last three years, but many of his critics point out that he has not fought the same level of competition that there is in the UFC.
True, but Overeem’s domination of anyone he has fought in the past three years leads me to think that he could definitely hang with Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos or any other UFC big man.
The fact that Alistair has not fought the same level of competition does not take away from his well-rounded MMA skills. The man has 14 knockouts and 19 submissions out of 34 career mixed martial arts victories. That is an impressive mark. Only one of his victims ever made it the distance with him.
There has been a lot of rumors over the past few years about his hulking physique and whether it has been enhanced. I admit it is quite stunning to see his transformation from the smaller 215 pound man of the days of Pride into the 255 pound hulking monster that made mincemeat of Brett Rogers last year in St. Louis.
But, the fact of the matter is that Overeem has never failed a test and has never had anyone provide any evidence that he has used performance enhancers. I can attest from working out hard that a person could put on 30 pounds of muscle over the course of a year or so with hard work and diet. So, these rumors hold no water.
When Fedor Emelianenko and others question his muscles, they are only showing fear of the man and his expanding skill set.
Could Alistair Overeem dominate the UFC such as he has done in other organizations? That is yet to be seen.
If he can avenge his earlier loss to Fabricio Werdum, beat Antonio Silva and eventually win the Strikeforce Grand Prix, then I am certain that the UFC brass will offer him a contract he cannot refuse.
Until that day happens we can only speculate. I expect him to win the Grand Prix in spectacular fashion, then maybe a UFC superfight will emerge. Until then, Overeem will continue to prove whey they call him the "Demolition Man."