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.