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Overeem Believes Saturday’s Win Will “Cement Legacy”

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UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, former DREAM heavyweight champion, former K-1 World Grand Prix champion. Further, he holds career wins over six former UFC champions.

Overeem is currently on a four-fight win streak, the last two second round KOs of former UFC heavyweight champions Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovksi. The final one was via karate kid style crane kick KO.

If ‘Reem defeats UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 203 on Saturday, he is on the short heavyweight G.O.A.T. list. At the UFC 203 open workout media scrum, Overeem discussed his place in combat sports history.

“We’re here for one goal and one goal only,” said Overeem to Mike Bohn and John Morgan for MMAjunkie.” We’re going to cement my legacy. We are going to get that championship belt. It will be history, and the after-party for some people will not be as nice.”



“I expect him to come with a full arsenal. He has his striking, he has his wrestling base and, yeah, a very dominant fighter and has got power. But everyone has power. So I have to be ready for his strikes, for his counterstrikes, I have to be ready for his wrestling. My game plan is great, so I’m very confident.”

“It definitely does feel special. There’s definitely that extra tingling of nerves. Sometimes you don’t have nerves, sometimes you have a little bit of nerves. This is a little bit of nerves. But this is going to be my 87th fight. We’ve been there, we’ve done that. I use that tension. I’m using those nerves to my advantage. We’ll come out on top on Saturday.”

“I am the most hungry fighter of the heavyweight division. I predicted a second- or third-round knockout. It depends on him a little bit, too, because it takes two to tango. Judging his nature, it’s not going to take that long – but you never know. There’s an X-factor involved. He can go away, he can evade, he can become a different Stipe all of a sudden. But otherwise, I don’t see it lasting two or three rounds.”

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