Alistair Overeem did not prove much in his fight against Frank Mir, but he kind of did. Is that confusing? It should be because the whole fight confused me. Both of these fighters had their backs against the wall in this fight, and the general public expected for them to throw bombs and look for the finish. It did not happen like that. Overeem did have his moments in the fight and found some early success with knees and shots to the body. Mir just did not seem to find his rhythm and spent a good deal of the fight looking to set up shots and submissions.
Before the fight, Overeem said that he spent most of his camp working on his cardio which proved to be a smart move. It showed during the fight; Overeem was hardly ever out of breath and looked fresh the entire fight, but that was mostly due to the fact that he was pacing himself. Overeem did not look for the big shots or overexert himself when he was looking for the finish. It was a mature way to approach the fight, but it was not the type of fight that we have come to expect. I think that is a good thing.
A lot of fighters in the Heavyweight division rely solely upon their knockout power, but Overeem really picked his shots and when he threw them it was not full force. He was looking to simply stun Mir and maybe make him a little woozy but not knock him out. I don’t know why he was doing this but it worked. It was not a fight that set the world on fire, but it was a mature performance for Overeem; hopefully this will lead to more of them in the future.