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Alistair Overeem Says If He Loses to Mir, He Will Need to ‘Start Doing Something Else’


Alistair Overeem has exactly 50 professional fights to his name, including bouts in the UFC, Pride, Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1. That long and distinguished career might be coming to an end though, if he can’t get past Frank Mir in a few months at UFC 167.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Overeem hinted that a loss to Mir might cause him to reconsider his career.

“I’m telling you this, if I lose to Frank Mir I’d better start doing something else,” he said. “If I lose to him and that’s three in a row, then I’d better start doing something else, right?”

Overeem is currently coming off of back to back losses against Antonio Silva, and more recently, Travis Browne a few weeks ago. Just recently, we learned that Overeem was the highest paid fighter at that event, despite a first round KO defeat. That’s obviously not something the UFC wants to pay for again.

Despite this statement though, Overeem seemed to reconsider the idea a little bit later in the interview.

“Well, I’d still like to fight a couple of years — that being said, I’m not going to retire,” he clarified. “Primarily, I just need to beat this guy.”

He certainly does. A long winning streak in the promotion has allowed him to retain his top 10 status despite the two losses (he’s currently ranked at #7), but another defeat could very easily drop him off of the championship radar.

Alistair Overeem is currently 36-13-1. He will face the #8 ranked Frank Mir at UFC 167, the promotion’s 20th anniversary show, on November 16.