Bas Rutten: Alistair Overeem Is 'an Animal' but Has a 'Glass Jaw'

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IFebruary 6, 2013

Feb 2, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Antonio Silva (left) lands a jab to Allistar Overeem (right) during UFC 156 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has been the butt of practically every joke in the MMA world after suffering a brutal come-from-behind knockout at the hands of Antonio Silva at UFC 156, Saturday. 

"The Demolition Man" controlled the action in the first two rounds but showed an utter disregard for the stand up of "Bigfoot," holding his hands low and walking right in front of him. 

Former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten went on Facebook to make an in-depth breakdown of Overeem's style, not all of which was exactly complementary. 

Before the fight I said that: 'Overeem is an animal, really good striker, great on the ground as well, hard G&P, he only has to connect and the fight will probably be over, and that for a HW, he always comes 'in shape.' But….he has a 'glass jaw'... Now saying that he has a 'glass jaw,' doesn’t means he’s gonna lose. I mean, he became the K1 Champion and those guys are the BEST strikers in the world, and they couldn’t hit him. So he will probably win this fight against BF, I am just saying that Big Foot has upset the world before and stopped Fedor (Freaking Fedor people!! In my book still the greatest), so he can do it again!

In 12 professional losses, seven have come by way of knockout for the former Strikeforce heavyweight champ, arguably backing up Rutten's "glass jaw" remark.

Rutten, now a co-host of HDNet's weekly Inside MMA program, also believes that "The Reem" lost not due to his cockiness, but because he left Team Golden Glory to train with the Blackzilians. 

I don’t think AO underestimated BF because he would be a complete idiot if he did, NEVER look pass your fight, every fighter knows this, plus again, BF stopped the great Fedor! I think the reason he lost is that he steered away from his team (GG), where a guy like Gokhan Saki would work circles around him in training, you NEED guys like that to train with because now he steered away from the 'one strike attacks' and from 'always having at least one hand on his jaw,' he actually didn’t have ANY hands at his jaw? ... I believe in training (wherever he trains now) that he’s probably the best guy there and that nobody really poses a threat to him. Think about it, because that could be the only reason for him to steer away from what he used to do, from what he used to 'NEED TO DO' otherwise he would get floored in training because of the talent he trained with.

Overeem was promised a title shot against reigning heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez with a win over "Bigfoot," but now heads to the back of the line following the embarrassing loss. 

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The good news for the hulking Dutchman is that he is likely going to get his grudge match with Junior dos Santos, of course with the caveat being it will not be for championship gold. 

Overeem was linked to a title fight with JDS at UFC 146 in May but was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for elevated levels of testosterone

Was El Guapo's breakdown of Overeem vs. Bigfoot spot-on or completely off the mark?


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