Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem (46-18 MMA, 11-7 UFC) announced during media day, Thursday that the end is near for his fighting career.
Here’s what Overeem had to say regarding the last run of his career, title aspirations, and how many fights he thinks he has left.
“Well last run means last couple of fights right,” Overeem told media. “Let’s not forget I’m 40, but yeah, I’m enjoying it still, but I’m getting a little bit old I guess. Older and wiser.”
“No, I wont stick around for as long as it takes (for me to get a title shot). I’m probably gonna do a couple more fights, and then it is what it is.”
“I think I’m one or two wins away from a belt or an interim belt.”
“I just had an epiphany and it said ten fights, and that was six fights ago, so we have four fights left, and I don’t know I tend to listen to my epiphanies.”
Overeem is without a doubt one of the best heavyweight fighters of all-time. Having won nearly every title there is to win out there in kickboxing and MMA, there has been one title that’s eluded him his entire career, the UFC title. If he can find a way to win the belt before he retires, he very well could go down as the greatest heavyweight to ever do it.
The Demolition Man will take on rising Brazilian heavyweight prospect, Augusto Sakai (15-1-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), Sat., Sept. 5, on ESPN+, 6 PM ET.