Bummer. Alistair Overeem, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and the man who put an end to Brock Lesnar‘s career, it starting to look only slightly more intimidating that Bob Sapp.
Overeem, the former champion kickboxer seemed to have the MMA world in the palm of his hand after crushing Lesnar in his UFC debut, sending “The Beast” into retirement. But reality bites, and it bit Overeem hard.
After testing positive for elevated testosterone, Overeem has literally not looked like the same fighter. He’s smaller, less aggressive and a lot less intimidating to look at. What does his future hold?
Well if the UFC doesn’t cut him, he is going to have a long road to redemption. The UFC should not cut him, though. Overeem still has a lot left in the tank, and his road to redemption must start with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, the guy who knocked him earlier this year.
Overeem is a better fighter than he has shown in his last two fights. His loss to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night was legitimate. Browne is a tough guy. The UFC should not hold the loss against him. Overeem deserves one more chance to redeem himself, and he deserves a rematch against Silva, a man whom he beat for two rounds before getting knocked out.
What’s happening with Overeem might be in his head, or he could be shot as a fighter. We don’t know yet. But the guy who kicked Lesnar straight to the WWE was a vicious beast and a far cry from the guy who stepped into the cage against Silva and Browne.
If Chael Sonnen can bounce back from two straight KO losses, Overeem should be given the chance too.