Alistair Overeem’s a “Little Surprised” UFC Hasn’t Booked Jairzinho Rozenstruik Rematch
It remains to be seen when and who Alistair Overeem fights next. But, the decorated heavyweight admits he wants to run it back with Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Overeem’s “surprised” UFC hasn’t called about rematch
Last month, the 40-year-old Overeem recorded his 46th, pro-MMA win, by stopping Walt Harris. The fight marked the first time the decorated heavyweight had fought, since his memorable bout with Rozenstruik in December.
In that fight, Overeem outscored Rozenstruik with his striking and wrestling for nearly 25 minutes. But, with four seconds left, “Bigi Boy” dropped jaws throughout MMA, by flooring and bloodying Overeem.
Well, recently Overeem spoke with MMA Junkie, and when asked about the possibility of fighting Rozenstruik again, he said this.
“We’ll see what happens,” Overeem said. “I’m not really hunting; it is what it is. I’m still chilling, I’m still recovering.
I just restarted training, and it will all become apparent in time. I’m not really leaning towards anybody or anything right now.
“I do want to run it back with him. I’m a little surprised we’re not running it back right now but again, it is what it is.
UFC, they ultimately decide the matchups so, yeah, it’s definitely a fight that I’m looking for, but we’ll see. I’m not hunting anything. It will either happen or it won’t, and if it won’t, it’s fine.”
Could this happen? It might, but it could require Overeem pushing for it. Rozenstruik is coming off a vicious, KO loss to Francis Ngannou, who also took out the “Reem”.
So, you would think the UFC might take a look at this.
Overeem still has sights set on title shot
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Although Overeem recently turned 40, the Dutch star hasn’t abandoned his goal to hoist the UFC’s belt. As a result, while talking about his next bout, Overeem also had this to say.
“No opponent, top five would be nice, but one fight at a time,” Overeem said. “It will slowly move me one step towards the title.
If the Rozenstruik robbery did not happen then it would have been four wins and then technically speaking, there could be an interim title fight happening now, but the Rozenstruik debacle happened.
So realistically speaking, I’m thinking another one win, maybe two and then we’re right where we were: title shot.”
Is Overeem a couple of wins out from a title shot? He might just be, provided those wins come over top contenders. Currently the fighter is ranked #8 in the UFC’s heavyweight division.