Overeem: If I lose to Mir, I better start doing something else

Alistair Overeem is on the verge of being a bust in the UFC and he seems to be acutely aware of the fact.

Entering the UFC in December of 2011, “The Demolition Man” has but one (impressive) win and two spectacular losses to his acclaim. He was signed to a significant contract ($285,000 (US) for his last bout) and was expected, at the very least, to fight for the heavyweight title, if not win it.  

Sadly, none of that has transpired.

Instead, Overeem finds himself on a two fight losing streak and facing Frank Mir in (what is) a potential, which one goes and which one stays, bout, this November 16th at UFC 167.

With what looks to be The Sword of Damocles hanging over his head and facing a possible cut from the UFC’s heavyweight roster, Overeem seems to appreciate the gravity of the situation and in doing so, has stated that if he loses to Mir then perhaps he needs to be doing something else.

Yesterday, in comment to “The MMA Hour”, Overeem laid it out that he might have to move on, but at the same time followed up the remark by stating that he had no intentions of retiring.

As Overeem put it:

“I’m telling you this; if I lose to Frank Mir I’d better start doing something else. If I lose to him and that’s three in a row, then I’d better start doing something else, right?…Well, I’d still like to fight a couple of years (and) that being said, I’m not going to retire. Primarily, I just need to beat this guy.”

In terms of his remarks, Overeem must surely be thinking that he’s going to be cut (should he lose) and that the “something else” that he might have to start doing, is Bellator MMA. That’s if he wishes, as stated, to keep fighting.

However could The Reem be jumping the gun, here?

If he and Mir were to have a barn-burning 3 round fight and Mir won, the UFC might still give Overeem one more kick-at-the-can. Yes it would be his 3rd loss in a row, but other fighters (Mir for example) have had 3 losses in a row and survived, and should they put on a show and Alistair performs well, then White might stay his cut. Further, given that Reem is still a big name and draw, White might see purpose in keeping him around for another card, again, should he perform well. So, based on that, Overeem might still have a little wiggle room left with the UFC and as such, should focus only on the upcoming fight and his performance in it, and not the ramifications of a loss.

That being said though, a win for Overeem would be the best guarantee of his staying in the promotion. On that subject, my guess is that he will probably beat Mir, but if Mir can get the Reem into the 2nd & 3rd rounds, Frank could easily win the fight. He does, however, need to be able to withstand Overeem’s aggression and power in the 1rst, and that could prove to be a tall order.

All of it taken into account, where there could be hope for Overeem staying with the UFC despite a loss, there is no hope for Mir should he lose. That matter is more than likely a foregone conclusion and regardless of how Frank performs; the papers are probably already signed and in Dana’s desk.


15 Comments

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    thexperience1

    September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah Mir is in a tough spot… cause not only did he loose those last few fights he looked absolutely HORRIBLE…. at least Overeem was very dominant and putting a beating on his opponents before getting KO'd… No matter what, he comes to fight. Can't say the same for Mir. He often looks FLAT.

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      Brian Cox

      September 10, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      As a fan of both fighters, I say Amen.

      Mir has talent, but not the aggression or balls to use it. Overeem was looking great, until he was looking bad in his last bout and if he can fill that gas tank up, he could be all that he's supposed to be.

      Not that I thinks it's relevant, because I think Reem will collapse Mir in the first, but if he can't, yet still puts on a great fight, it would make no sense to cut him. Mir needs a victory though, it's that simple. His only hope, IMO, is going to be to survive the first and pray his tank is bigger than Overeem's, which it should be and the hope he can catch him in the second or third, or take a decision.

      That said, Alistair is going to be looking to lite Frank up in the first and he better be ready for it.

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    x murderer

    September 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    mir will win this.

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    InfiniteEnigma

    September 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    You saw what Reem did to Travis first couple minutes. Travis can survive that. Mir cannot, Mir cannot fight off the cage in the clinch to save his life. Mir has no chance standing, but imo, both have no chin left. Mir could connect and win by punchers chance, but yea, Reems best chance is force it to the cage in the clinch, and bring his knee to Francis' face.

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      ChuteBoxeHero

      September 11, 2013 at 6:38 am

      IF Francis the III does survive round 1 its fair game.For such an intelligent guy wtf gives on his clinch game?Geez Frank,time and time again.And whoever wins will indeed do the "im back" thing to Joe Rogan too.I believe who loses will get cut.Only to make room for the beast known as Wes Broderick.Who will mosdef make some noise in the HW division instantly upon his arrival.

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    cranestyle

    September 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    For once, I agree with 'the Reem'.

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    DeeJaySlyTee

    September 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Mir is an intelligent guy. He should be in the corporate offices of the UFC besides fighting. Way past his prime.

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    DeeJaySlyTee

    September 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Got to double up on that Horse meet buddy..

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    Kevin

    September 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    When I saw Reem vs Werdum, I knew the guy wasn't going to be taking the title in the UFC. Honestly, the Werdum fight I thought he lost.

    Reem's biggest issue is his gas tank. The dude tips the scale of HW and looks like a super hero. Thats a lot of muscle needing oxygen especially in 5 minute rounds. He's more suited for Body Building then he is for UFC. IMO he should cut back down to around 240, gain more speed, more endurance, but still pack a whollop.

    He should beat Mir, which is unfortunate because I like Mir as a person, and as a fighter.

    A loss for Reem = UFC exit, a loss for Mir = UFC broadcast.

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    Brasil

    September 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    So with that I can only say: go Mir!!!!

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    apocalypse123

    September 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Mir has to grapple with him it's the only way. If it goes to the ground all Mir but I see a replay of the Werdum/Reem fight or first round devastating KO for Alistair.

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    D

    September 11, 2013 at 3:05 am

    They both have power and poor chins. I see it ending in a no contest due to simultaneous KO.

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    PukeVomit

    September 11, 2013 at 6:11 am

    misleading title again.

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    cfcy

    September 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Whoever loses i dont think they should be cut, both of them can still beat guys out of the top 10, examples: shawn jordan, pat barry, struve, etc

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