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UFC 225: Is Alistair Overeem In A No-Win Situation

It surprised many when the UFC moved Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes to the prelim main event of this Saturday’s UFC 225 [1] card on FOX Sports 1.

But regardless of where the fight takes place, what’s in it for Overeem?

The 38-year-old is coming off a first round knockout loss to Francis Ngannou that snapped a two-fight win streak. He was unable to solve the champion in the heavyweight division, Stipe Miocic, in 2016 when the two faced off.

Is this a no-win situation for “The Reem” in the “Windy City” of Chicago?

To an extent, yes it is.

Blaydes is a 27-year-old rising contender in the UFC who scored the biggest win of his career in February when he defeated Mark Hunt. Overall, he is 9-1 with a no-contest, falling only to Ngannou when the doctor stepped in after the second round.

He is a big, strong heavyweight with a background in wrestling. And, Blaydes will be fighting in his hometown of Chicago in his biggest fight to date.

What’s there for Overeem to accomplish with a win? Outside of keeping his standing in the division, not much.

If the former Strikeforce champion destroys Blaydes, many will say “that’s what he should do.” If he earns a decision, most will likely view it as a loss in terms of putting him back in a No. 1 contender match anytime soon.

And if Blaydes earns the victory, Overeem’s days as a challenger to the UFC heavyweight title will be gone like all those heroes in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

For this weekend to be a success for Overeem, he needs to come out, take care of Blaydes in convincing fashion and make a bold post-fight speech in regards to who he wants next.

Anything short of that, and Overeem will be an oversight on a night packed with championship matches and big-name stars.