UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has fought nearly 50 times in his career as a Mixed Martial Artist and can lay claim to another fourteen kickboxing bouts. Over his nearly 15-year run as a fighter, “The Demolition Man” has more or less seen it all including headlining bouts in front of sold out arenas and showdowns with some of the sports’ elite. However, despite his experience at the top, the devastating Dutchman definitely won’t be making the mistake of looking past Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26 just because “Hapa” doesn’t share his status as one of the division’s biggest stars.
“Travis is a good fighter who has a pretty all-round game so he will be dangerous. I’m not going to underestimate him,” confirmed Overeem in an interview with Bleacher Report.
Browne is 14-1-1 with his only loss coming after he’d suffered a serious leg injury in a bout. All but two of his wins have featured a finish, giving Overeem’s words substance in terms of the threat Browne poses.
Though Overeem doesn’t necessarily expect a crack at the championship by beating Browne on August 17, he knows it’s a major step in the right direction.
“I believe that both Browne and myself are top ranked fighters and the winner of this fight will be one step closer in getting a title-shot, so in that sense I know this fight can put me right on track,” said Overeem. “I still have one goal in life and that’s becoming the UFC heavyweight champion.”
Overeem saw an eleven-fight winning streak snapped in February courtesy of Antonio Silva. He holds an overall record of 36-12 including 15 knockouts and 19 submissions.