Overeem Has Been Phenomenally Disappointing Since UFC Debut

Published on September 7th, 2014 6:30 pm EST

Will Alistair Overeem be cut by the UFC?

This is the question that many MMA fans are asking following Overeem's first round KO loss to Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs Mousasi. Overeem, who trained for this fight with Greg Jackson's camp, promised that we'd see changes in his game for his fight against Ben Rothwell. In the end, however, the Rothwell/Overeem fight followed the same script - Overeem landed some offense early but his chin ultimately betrayed him.

Alistair Overeem is 2-3 since making his debut in the UFC, with all three losses coming via KO. In two of his losses (Silva, Browne), Overeem was dominating early, only to lose by KO after getting caught with a punch or kick.

Overeem's 2-3 record is a disappointment, to put it mildly. Overeem looked thoroughly dominant when he made his UFC debut against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in December of 2011. Looking back on the fight, however, it is easy to see what happened - Overeem, who ended up temporarily losing his license due to excessively high testosterone counts, beat a shell of a man in Brock Lesnar, as Lesnar still wasn't healed from his battle with diverticulitis.

Since the Lesnar fight, Overeem has:

-gone 1-3 with three knockout losses
-beaten Frank Mir in a fight that was panned by Dana White
-had an assault charge laid against him
-tested positive for high testosterone
-lost out on a fight against Junior dos Santos
-injured Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones during training
-been accused of "ducking" Junior dos Santos

For a guy who is making as much as Overeem is (and he is making a great deal of money), the UFC is certainly not getting a return on their investment, which leads many to believe that the UFC will soon cut ties with the former Strikeforce and DREAM Heavyweight champion.


The only thing that may keep Overeem around in the UFC? The UFC may not want to cut Overeem only for him to go directly to Strikeforce. Having said that, I honestly can't imagine who Overeem may match up against in the UFC, as he has quickly fallen out of the ranks of relevance in the Heavyweight division.

I would expect that we'll hear more about Overeem's fate later in the week.

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