UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem was seen as one of the top three big men in the sport before a PED-related mishap and subsequent knockout loss to Antonio Silva. His quest to regain his footing as a truly elite Mixed Martial Artist begins this weekend at UFC Fight Night 26 where he’ll face Travis Browne in the show’s co-headlining clash. Though Overeem understands Browne is no pushover, he’s also confident he’ll make a bold statement in the bout based on how their skills stack up against each other.
“I’m gonna beat Travis Browne because I’m better – better in stand-up, better on the ground,” said Overeem in an interview with the UFC. “I’m expecting a challenging fight but that’s gonna be good because that’s what I want.”
Overeem’s desire to drop Browne in front of the Boston crowd is not personal but rather a means to helping achieve his ultimate objective.
“My goal is to become UFC champion. I need to stay focused and I need to get past Travis Browne, and that’s exactly what I’m planning to do,” Overeem explained. “I’ve already won several championships. UFC is the last one left. I can always find motivation for that.”
“The Demolition Man” had won eleven fights in a row before stumbling against Silva. He holds an overall record of 36-12 including 15 knockouts and 19 submissions. Comparably, Browne is 14-1-1 with twelve stoppages including ten via TKO.
The full interview with Overeem can be seen below: