Alistair Overeem Plotting His Return Following Shocking Loss to Ben Rothwell

Published on September 17th, 2014 3:02 pm EST

Alistair Overeem has been granted a stay of execution by UFC President Dana White.

Following his shocking loss to Ben Rothwell earlier in the month, Alistair Overeem was in very real danger of being cut by the UFC. After all, Overeem was just 2-3 in the UFC following his loss to Rothwell, with all three losses (Silva, Browne, Rothwell) coming via devastating knockout. Overeem's first victory was tainted by a positive test for elevated levels of testosterone and his second victory (Frank Mir) was panned by the boss of the promotion as being "boring". Given the size of Overeem's contract, the UFC would have been justified in cutting ties with the Dutch kickboxer.

In the days following the Rothwell fight, however, Dana White revealed that Overeem would not be cut by the promotion, as he was still a "top 10 Heavyweight". The Heavyweight division's relatively thin talent pool ended up being Overeem's saving grace, at least for now.

So, with all of that being said, Alistair Overeem has now turned his attention towards his next fight. Overeem has said that he has found a home at Greg Jackson's camp and that he wants to fight again as soon as possible. In fact, Overeem has stated that he wants another fight in 2014, despite the fact that he was knocked out by Ben Rothwell just a few short weeks ago. Overeem claimed that he wasn't badly hurt in the Rothwell fight and is ready to go again.

The question - who might the UFC match Overeem up against? Looking at the UFC Heavyweight rankings, these are the possibilities that jump out:

Roy Nelson (if he loses to Mark Hunt this weekend)
Mark Hunt (if he loses to Roy Nelson this weekend)
Gabriel Gonzaga
Stefan Struve (if he fights again)
Minotauro Nogueira

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