Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem sees UFC gold on the horizon.
After extending his winning streak to four with a knockout of Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdamn, Netherlands, Overeem believes the heavyweight strap is next. Current champ Fabricio Werdum defends his title against Stipe Miocic May 14 at UFC 198, but after that, Overeem believes he’s got dibs.
“I think I’ll get the winner [of Werdum vs. Miocic],” Overeem told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “When you look at the cards, when you look at the numbers, I have the best numbers to challenge for the title, so of course, you don’t want to be premature.
“There’s so much [that] can get in the way – an injury, anything can happen. It’s the UFC. So not to be premature, but I do believe I hold the best cause for a – I don’t want to call it a ‘title shot’ because it’s not a ‘shot’ at the title – I want to call it a ‘title win’ because we’re coming, and we’re going to get that belt.”
Regarding his opponent when that time comes, Overeem holds no preference. Either matchup works for him, though he does give a slight edge to the champ once the cage door closes.
“I do think, if you ask who I think is going to win, I give it 60/40 to Werdum because I fought him twice, and he’s just a very clever, slick fighter,” Overeem said. “It’s easy to underestimate him because he’ s physically not that strong and athletic, but he’s sneaky. He’s [always got] an ace up his sleeve, you know? So I expect him to come out with some sort of a surprise.
“When you look at Stipe, Stipe’s pretty straightforward with ….View full article
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