UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem, 40, has been fighting professionally since 1999. He got a big win over Walt Harris in the main event of UFC on ESPN 8 on Saturday night, and at the post-fight news conference, 'Reem explained what he wants next.
“We’re still hunting for the title,” said Overeem, as transcribed by Danny Segura and John Morgan for MMA Junkie.”I would say also I’m in the last phase of my career, so those two things are on my mind: Finish up the career, and one more run at the title.”
“There was definitely trouble, because I got dropped – that’s No 1. No. 2, I got cut, right? And you have a man that’s 275 standing on top of you trying to finish you. So definitely, we were in trouble. He’s very athletic, very fast, very powerful – so we were in trouble for a little bit. Fortunately, I was able to reverse the situation and get the finish.”
The title is currently held by Stipe Miocic, who isn't comfortable fighting during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and is working as a first responder. The stance has generated some criticism, but not from Overeem.
“Stipe is his own man – he makes his own decisions,” said Overeem. “You can’t go around and say he’s scared or whatever. I think that’s nonsense. He’s tough. He’s proven it over and over again. I don’t really have much to say about him.”