Antonio Silva: Alistair Overeem turns from a lion into a kitty when he gets hit

“A fight is a fight and anything can happen. They’re two very strong fighters, they’re at the top of their division but I don’t see how Overeem can beat Junior dos Santos. Overeem is (beating a lot of people), he’s a lion, but when (he gets hit) he becomes a kitty. When Junior first connects, Overeem’s spirit of a fighter will go to the dress room. I think it will be Junior with another knockout in his career.” – For more from Antonio Silva, visit Portal do Vale Tudo (transcription via

Alistair Overeem is a beast – as long as he doesn’t get hit.

At least, that’s Antonio Silva‘s take on the Dutchman. According to “Bigfoot,” Overeem goes from king of the jungle to purring pussycat anytime he takes one on the chin. Which is why Silva says he can’t envision the former Strikeforce champ surviving the hands of his training partner, Junior dos Santos.

Unbeaten since 2007, dos Santos scored his tenth career knockout victory when he dethroned Cain Velasquez back in November. Now set to make his first title defense against Overeem at UFC 146, he’ll look to add to that list of victims by handing “The Reem” his first defeat due to strikes in nearly five years. But, what do you think LowKick’ers? Can JDS tame the beast that is Overeem, or will the Brazilian fall prey to “The Demolition Man?”

Further Reading: Junior dos Santos: The fight with Alistair Overeem will be “good for the fans”

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    February 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    thats one big kitty and i did not know kittys ate horses and are they not both in the blackzillians camp that comment will help team morale

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    February 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I believe that Overeem will be looking to use kicks from the outside and clinch while looking for a choke or a knee as Jr comes forward. Can’t wait for this one!

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    February 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Antonio who?
    Last time i checked he was knocked out by a wrestler.
    Overeem and Junior is a tough call to make, but i see a first round KO for Overeem.

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    They both the beast and warrior very tough call here.IMO

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:26 am

    i heard that bigfoot isnt training with the blackzillians anymore because he sees overeem as a future opponent in the pretty sure that what rashad said at the 145 pre fight press conference

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

    A Brazilian picking in favor of a Brazilian. Big surprise. They never do that.

    Bigfoot looked like a dwarf when he fought Cormier. He curled up when he got hit.

    Overeem wins by animality. :)

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    no shame in being KOd by Cormier, who is going to go straight to the UFC title

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:03 am

    But he is right In what he is saying. It’s happend to overeem so many times befor.

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Antonio, really? You turn from conscious to unconscious when you get hit.

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:30 am

    uuuhhhh.. he did beat Fedor, that’s a good reference in his resume.

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    February 20, 2012 at 4:41 am

    This gona be just like K1 fight it means JDS have to beat the K1 champion it won’t be easy.

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    February 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

    its funny because antonio silva couldn’t even take a single shot from cormier idk why he thinks he can make comments like those

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    February 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Don’t they both train at the Blackzilians

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    well its been like 5 years since Overeem has cowered from strikes. People still think Overeem is the same fighter from back then….is he not allowed to get better and improve?

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    He lost from badr hari in 2009 though on tko

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    he didn’t cower and run away from punches though, was a tko from 2 knock down rule in that years Grand Prix

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Overeem doesnt like being hit thats why he throws single shots and never throws any combinations he’s a great fighter all the same but as much as i like him if he dont connect first on JDS he will get kod.

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    February 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Of course he doesnt like being hit, nobody does. That’s why he is fighting much smarter and its been working for him.
    I do agree though that Dos Santos’s striking and KO power is a huge threat …..also works vice versa

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    February 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Best heavyweight boxer vs best heavyweight kickboxer. But overeem has a huge strength advantage. Overeem will most likely ground and pound his much smaller opponent

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    February 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    People said the same about Carwin. Junior had no problem with Carwins size.

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    February 21, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Big difference. Carwin had no chance on the feet. Overeem is just a little (sarcasm) better than carwin standing also look at overeems sub record

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    February 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    i have a kitty….he’s 18 lbs and even at a 10-1 weight disadvantage , he’ll rip your arm off in about 2 seconds if you piss him off.

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    February 26, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Big foot is at blackzillians partially but not training with Overeem

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    February 26, 2012 at 2:44 am

    He wasn’t knocked down he was just wobbly against the ropes

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    February 26, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Yes he lost to one of the best strikers we have ever seen and they went to war, no kittys in that ring

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    February 26, 2012 at 2:45 am

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