Overeem Has Taken a Long and Winding Road to Title Shot

Published on September 4th, 2016 4:00 pm EST

It's New Year's Eve, 2011. Alistair Overeem is one day removed from an absolute beatdown of former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

What would you have said if I had told you on this day that it would take Overeem nearly five years to earn a shot at the Heavyweight belt?


Alistair Overeem, who was brought into the UFC with a tremendous amount of hype, has taken a long and twisting path to a UFC title shot.

Following his victory at UFC 141 over Brock Lesnar, Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and lost his shot at Junior dos Santos and the Heavyweight title.

After returning to action in February of 2013, Overeem was knocked out twice in a row - once by Antonio Silva, and once by Travis Browne. Overeem then managed to defeat Frank Mir in an underwhelming fight and was promptly knocked out once again, this time by Ben Rothwell in September of 2014.

At this point, the UFC must have seriously been considering dropping Overeem from their roster. Overeem decided to switch camps at this point, as he made his way to the famed Jackson-Wink camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The move has done wonders for Overeem, as he has won his last four fights in a row and has finally earned his shot at the Heavyweight title.

The UFC 203 Poster - Miocic vs. Overeem - Cleveland - Alternate event poster

Overeem will be facing a very tough champion in Stipe Miocic next Saturday. Overeem has the striking advantage, though Miocic is very tough and will be hard for Overeem to put away. Miocic is certainly no slouch on the feet, and Overeem's notoriously weak chin will certainly be put to the test at UFC 203.


Overeem was brought to the UFC to fight for the Heavyweight title and presumably become the champion.

Can he realize his destiny on Saturday night?

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