Alistair Overeem added a spectacular new victory to his legend on Saturday when he surpassed Augusto Sakai at UFC Vegas 9. The fighter from the Netherlands (47-18 MMA, 12-7 UFC), former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion, earned his fourth win in his last five fights when he edged out the Brazilian (15-2-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). This was thanks to a fifth round TKO of the evening’s main event, which took place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
At age 40, Overeem has said several times that he is in the midst of a final race to the gold of UFC, which is the only unconquered goal of his decorated combat sports career. Beating Sakai was a crucial moment in keeping that dream alive and now he can proceed to greater opportunities. Which confrontation makes the most sense after her premature end to Sakai? We will have to wait to see the officialization, but there is already talk of some interesting surnames.
“Definitely (I would be interested),” he said. Overeem at a post-fight press conference. Derrick Lewis is talking shit. My partner curtis (Blaydes) is going to destroy it. I’ll be happy to do that after Curtis. Him first ”, he added. Another proposed showdown was a rematch against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The two battled in December 2019, with the latter drawing a punch-TKO against Alistair seconds remaining in their five-round fight.
Alistair won’t stop until he gets it
Rozenstruik, I destroyed that man. I drove him crazy. In my opinion, it was a very bad decision by the referee, giving up zero seconds left. I have no problem rerunning that. In my mind, I already beat him. It is only on paper that he got it. He knows it too. I have no problem running that again, “he said. Alistair OvereemIn turn, he also said that he doesn’t really care who he fights next, at least right now.
All he cares about now is going back to the Netherlands to see his family, after an exhaustive Colorado training camp. «There is no preference (of opponent). Do you know what my preference is? Quality time with my girls. I miss you. Camp is awful. I am separated for eight weeks. I do it on purpose to get hungrier and more motivated. For now, I’m going to fly early tomorrow and spend some quality time with them. Then we will solve it », he closed Alistair Overeem.