Heavyweight Alistair Overeem was brought into the UFC after stringing together a ten-fight winning streak featuring success against Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum. The devastating Dutchman started out strong too, putting former champ Brock Lesnar away with strikes in his Octagon debut. However, he was caught with PEDs in his system a few months later and hasn’t been the same fighter since, dropping back-to-back knockouts in bouts against Antonio Silva and Travis Browne. While he has a favorable match-up in the horizon against Frank Mir, Overeem has his back against the wall and is destined for free agency if he fails to find victory.
There are a lot of components involved when it comes to finding consistent success inside the Octagon. Without the right training camp, dedication to one’s craft, ability to stay healthy, avoiding problems outside of the cage, and numerous other factors in place there’s a good chance a fighter will only make it to a certain level before fizzling out. While such runs are commendable, they’re also commonplace, allowing the cream to truly rise to the top. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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