It’s been a long haul for Alistair Overeem in his quest to get title shot, and on Sept. 10 — after nearly five years in the UFC — he will get his chance against Stipe Miocic. And even though the 36-year old is going into Miocic’s backyard of Cleveland to try and take his belt, he’s hoping to rain on the parade.
Overeem says he hopes to turn down the volume at the Quicken Loans Arena at UFC 203, just like Miocic did against Fabricio Werdum in Brazil at UFC 198 in May.
“I’m actually very excited about [fighting in Cleveland],” Overeem said during an appearance on The MMA Hour Monday. “Obviously 99 percent of the arena will be rooting for Stipe. But, you know what, it is what it is. And when I get my hand raised, I have my fans all over the world, but at that moment the crowd will be a little bit quiet. I look forward to that moment.”
One thing that Overeem says he has in his favor is hunger. Now a winner of four fights in a row, with his latest coming against his Jackson-Winkeljohn teammate Andrei Arlovski in his native Holland (TKO), Overeem says he’s been focused in training while Miocic is still doing a victory lap around his city for becoming its first champion in 55 years (though the Cleveland Cavaliers followed suit a month later by winning an NBA title).
He said he caught a glimpse of Miocic’s preoccupation while in Cleveland for a promotional visit, which happened to coincide with the Cavaliers victory parade.
“[There were] zero incidents [with Miocic], we were not together that much,” he said. “To be honest, I think Stipe’s a cool guy. I mean, we didn’t really talk that much. ….View full article
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