To many people, the idea of Alistair Overeem losing is so unbelievable that they’re still having trouble processing it. But he had more shiny muscles and rippling tendons! How could the big man lose? It’s to the point where many just say it was luck on Bigfoot Silva’s part. Never mind the fact that Silva’s gameplan was to take it into later rounds when Overeem would be tired, and his corner called for him to throw that killer combo that rocked Overeem – the one they obviously trained for weeks leading up to the fight.
It is such a confusing time for Sherdog.net fans that MMA royalty has stepped into the void to try and offer words of comfort and explanation. First, Mirko Crocop:
“Watching the weigh-in, I saw that his muscles mass was nowhere near his usual, he had the weight, but he wasn’t nearly as carved out and defined, since he couldn’t take anything because he was watched by the Athletic Commission. This also reflects on the psyche of a man who’s been using stuff to increase his strength, endurance, pain tolerance and aggressiveness for years, and now there was none of that. Alistair is an excellent fighter, but he still owes that excellence to something that’s dirty and unpermitted, and, in the end, very dangerous to health.”
So in Mirko’s mind, the big guy lost because he wasn’t biggerer enough. I don’t know if I buy this. Mirko’s opinion may be slightly skewed by the fact that Overeem kicked him square in the balls several times en route to a No Contest back in 2008. Also, Overeem looked just as muscular as ever – especially his back, which looked like he’d had three other people’s backs sewn onto it. If you think drug testing kept Overeem off the special sauce, you’ve never heard of HGH or the dozens of other performance enhancing drugs that can’t be tested for.
How about we ask Bas Rutten what he thinks?
I said, “because he has a glass jaw, that’s why Overeems team GG changed his weight and his fighting style after he lost his last fight against Kharitonov”. From that moment on he would only throw “single attacks”, meaning, there will always be at least ONE hand on his jaw!
I think the reason he lost is that he steered away from his team (GG), where a guy like Gokhan Saki would work circles around him in training, you NEED guys like that to train with because now he steered away from the “one strike attacks” and from “always having at least one hand on his jaw”, he actually didn’t have ANY hands at his jaw?
He steered away from his “winning combination”. He started throwing combinations and that will open him up for counters. I believe in training (wherever he trains now) that he’s probably the best guy there and that nobody really poses a threat to him. Think about it, because that could be the only reason for him to steer away from what he used to do, from what he used to “NEED TO DO” otherwise he would get floored in training because of the talent he trained with.
This is coming from another guy who no longer likes Overeem (who seems to leave a Randy Couture level trail of enemies behind him), but it sounds a lot more technical and accurate than Mirko’s assessment. Overeem’s hands were lower than a Japanese subway pervert’s throughout the entire fight and he left his jaw out there just waiting to get clobbered. I dunno if it was a lack of respect for Silva’s power or a result of sub par training from the Blackzillians camp, both popular theories on their own. Maybe it was a combination of everything? Or maybe Alistair just had an off night after a year long suspension. Maybe sometimes big man just fall down go boom.