Alistair Overeem Ponders Retirement

Alistair Overeem ponders retirement.

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All good things must come to an end.

Alistair Overeem has been competing in combat sports for over two decades. Many of those years were spent at the highest level, competing in promotions like Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1. “The Reem” would earn championships in each of those organizations.

More recently, Overeem has fallen on harder times. He was brutally knocked out by Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes in his last two fights.

Given Overeem’s recent setbacks fans have begun to call for “The Reem” to hang em’ up. Although he hears the fans concerns, Overeem still believes he can make one more run at UFC gold.

“I’m 38 years old, and that’s important to note,” Alistair Overeem told ESPN. “I fully realize the end of my career is coming. It’s just coming. You can’t fight forever. I’ve had a beautiful career. Twenty-one years … crazy. Twenty-one years of fighting.”

“The end is coming, but I can still do this right now. And I can still go all in.”

“We’re not there yet, but I could see myself in one or two years, three maximum, walking away with a big smile on my face. I feel very content. I love the sport. My life is designed and dedicated to the sport. It’s been one gigantic, beautiful adventure — and I’m enjoying it still.”

Overeem decided to change things up after his last loss. He now calls Elevation MMA home after departing from his longtime team at JacksonWink MMA. Overeem explained he would’ve changed camps sooner had he not been training for Elevation heavyweight Blaydes.

“I’ve noticed some things were missing [in my previous training camps],” Overeem said. “I started to look around at different camps, and I had plans to train in Denver. When the Curtis fight was booked, I put that to the side and trained with what I had at the time. The results weren’t good, and that was a wakeup call for me.”

“I had seen Curtis early this year, and we were talking about me coming to the gym. After our fight happened, I sent him a message, and he said I should still come out. I like the vibe of the gym and the city. I still feel, clearly, as if I can make that next jump.”

Comment below and let us know what you think. How many more fights does Alistair Overeem have left in him?

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Quote: Brock Lesnar Has No Chance Against Daniel Cormier

Brock Lesnar’s heavyweight title shot seems to be an unpopular decision.

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Fighters aren’t happy with Brock Lesnar right now.

This summer it was announced that “The Beast” will challenge Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title next year. Before that can happen, however, he’ll need to deliver six months of clean United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug tests.

In his last bout against Mark Hunt a few years ago at UFC 200, Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance. He subsequently retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, freezing his suspension.

Once Lesnar’s suspension is served, he will be eligible to fight Cormier. One man who has felt disrespected by this decision is Curtis Blaydes. The No. 3-ranked heavyweight told Submission Radio he feels disrespected by the UFC allowing Lesnar to jump him in line:

“I still feel disrespected that Brock Lesnar gets to jump in out of the blue. He’s not even ranked. He’s not even officially on the roster and he gets to have a title fight scheduled and he hasn’t proven himself. So yeah, that’s what makes me feel disrespected.”

Blaydes confirmed he has yet to speak to the UFC on the matter. He realizes that the promotion is interested in money fights at the moment, and Lesnar vs. Cormier is exactly that:

“No. But I mean, it’s obvious. We’re all adults. They want money. I get it. They want money. I’m not money yet, so it is what it is.”

When asked to give his thoughts on the match-up, Blaydes said he isn’t giving Lesnar any chance at defeating “DC”:

“No. None whatsoever. I don’t even view Brock as a legitimate MMA fighter. He was juiced to the gills when he fought in the early to mid-2000’s. So I don’t respect juice heads.”

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Brock Lesnar’s Return Means Top UFC Heavyweights Must Keep Winning

When the UFC announced Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon following Daniel Cormier’s win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, it completely changed the landscape of the UFC heavyweight division. At the time, Lesnar was nowhere near the title pic…

When the UFC announced Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon following Daniel Cormier’s win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, it completely changed the landscape of the UFC heavyweight division. At the time, Lesnar was nowhere near the title picture since he hasn’t fought in the Octagon since a 2016 No Contest with Mark Hunt […]

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Brock Lesnar’s Return Means Top UFC Heavyweights Must Keep Winning

When the UFC announced Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon following Daniel Cormier’s win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, it completely changed the landscape of the UFC heavyweight division. At the time, Lesnar was nowhere near the title pic…

When the UFC announced Brock Lesnar’s return to the Octagon following Daniel Cormier’s win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, it completely changed the landscape of the UFC heavyweight division. At the time, Lesnar was nowhere near the title picture since he hasn’t fought in the Octagon since a 2016 No Contest with Mark Hunt […]

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Report: Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Set For UFC Beijing

A truly massive heavyweight showdown is reportedly set for UFC Beijing.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou is reportedly set for the UFC’s first foray into Beijing.

Sources told ESPN that the fight will headline the event on November 24, 2018. Both camps have agreed to the fight.

The bout is also a rematch of their 2016 fight which Ngannou won by TKO via doctor’s stoppage.

The surging “Razor” comes into the bout off of by far his biggest win. He finished former title challenger Alistair Overeem via brutal TKO at UFC 225 earlier this year. Blaydes has won five of his six UFC bouts since. The lone blemish was a no contest in his original TKO win over Milstead. That result was overturned when Blaydes tested positive for cannabis.

Ngannou, meanwhile, will come into the fight off a concerning two-fight skid. The once-touted challenger was on top of the MMA world as recently as this January. He knocked out Overeem with one of the more brutal uppercuts MMA has ever seen to earn a shot at then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. Miocic proceeded to throttle Ngannou over the course of five rounds.

He then went on to face Derrick Lewis in one of the summer’s most anticipated fights at UFC 226 in July. The bout was one of the most jaw-droppingly boring fights in UFC heavyweight history. Ngannou lost by unanimous decision to put his future in question.

“The Predator” had knocked out or submitted six straight foes prior to the losing streak.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Reported for 11/24 in China

In an unexpected heavyweight booking, Curtis Blaydes will reportedly be returning to action this fall as requested but not against the opponent he had in mind According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou will face off on 11/24…

In an unexpected heavyweight booking, Curtis Blaydes will reportedly be returning to action this fall as requested but not against the opponent he had in mind According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou will face off on 11/24 in Beijing China instead. Curtis Blaydes has been lobbying for a fight with […]

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