Five Reasons why Alistair Overeem deserves a place on LowKick.com Community Pound for Pound rankingsPosted on November 7, 2010, 07:16 AM by Daniel Cassidy
Since the beginning of the LowKick ranking system, people have argued over who should be where, and no list has caused more controversy that the pound for pound top 10. While out of the 10 places, mot users can agree on at least 7 fighters that deserve to be there, there is one fighter people feel doesn't deserve his place: The Dutch Demolition Machine, Alistair Overeem. Currently, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion is ranked 10th, behind the likes of GSP, Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, even Frankie Edgar. It's also worth noting that he is ranked above the former number 3, BJ Penn. Overeem is a fighter who deserves on this list. Currently on the form of his life, he hasn't lost a fight in his past 9, and looks near unstoppable. While some of you might not agree, I felt the need to argue on one of my favourite fighter's behalf, Five reasons why "Megareem" should be in everyone's pound for pound list.
As a teenager, it would be difficult to find a better teacher that "El Guapo", Bas Rutten. From when he was taken to his first MMA class by his brother, Overeem quickly took to it like a duck to water, becoming great friends with his teacher and mentor, Bas Rutten. Since his then, Overeem is now a member of the hugely respected Dutch Kickboxing gym, Team Golden Glory. Since joining, Overeem has become a totally different fighter. His striking has improved leaps and bounds, and his grappling is exceptional. He also has excellent takedown defence. The improvements in his game are especially evident in his mental planning, in how he deals with each opponent. We need only look at his utter destruction of Brett Rogers as evidence.
2. Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion:
Under the Strikeforce banner, Overeem holds a perfect 3-0 record as a Heavyweight. From his unanimous decision win over Vitor Belfort, that saw him completely outwork, out strike and out grapple the former UFC Champ, to his win over Paul Buenetello (hardly a top prospect, but The Reem did exactly what was expected) that saw him force The Headhunter to tap due to knees to the body, and finally his annihilation of Brett Rogers, that saw him man handle the title challenger, and gave him only his second ever loss. The Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ will hold onto that belt for a long time. With Strikeforce also housing Fedor Emilianenko, Antonio Silva, and now Josh Barnett, i find it difficult to imagine any of the three troubling with Overeem, or even being able to handle him.
3. K-1 Accomplishments:
It is often said that the best MMA strikers go to K-1, and Overeem is a living proof. Currently in possession of a highly respectable kickboxing record of 7-4 (which includes 5 Knockout wins), he has also came excruciatingly close to winning the K-1 tournament back in 2009. His wins in K-1 read like a who's who of kickboxing, defeating the likes of Badr Hari, Dzevad Poturak, Peter Aerts and Ewerton Teixeira in devastating fashion. This year, Overeem is one of the favourites to win the K-1 2010 WGP. In his bout against Ben Edwards, he made the Australian look like in amatuer, putting him on the mat three times before the ref stepped in. Overeem will face Tyronne Spong for a place in the semi's, on December 11th in Japan.
Since struggling cutting weight as a LightHeavyweight in his PRIDE, Overeem made the move permanently to Heavyweight back in 2006. It took Overeem over 6 months to succesfully bulk up, weighing in at around 230-240 for several fights, before finding his home at 265. Overeem's weight gain was achieved by a eatiung horse meat steaks 7 times a day (Horse meat is well known in the body building trade as being a perfect food source to use for bulking up). Now that Overeem has finally found an ideal weight, The Champ looks unstoppable. Not only this, but through an extensive workout plan, he is as strong as anyone in his weight class (check "The Reem toss" against Brett Rogers). Overeem's size also brings with it an extra level of power in his strikes, finishing four of his last 9 opponents via strikes.
5: MMA Veteran:
Since making his MMA debut way back in 1999, at just 19 years old, Overeem has ammassed a highly respectable pro record of 33-11(1). He holds notable wins over veterans such as Vitor Belfort (x2), Igor Vovchanchyn, Sergei Kharitonov, Paul Beunetello and Mark Hunt. As well as this, he is the first and only Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion. He is a legend in Japan, from his PRIDE days to his DREAM fights. He also ended up in a bout rendered "no contest" (due to repeated, but accidental crotch strikes) against Mirko Cro Cop. Overeem was completely dominating the Croatian Sensation, taking him down and will and cutting him open. As the Strikeforce Champ, Overeem is expected to face either Fedor Emilianenko or Fabricio Werdum, and a bout with either would cement his status as a top Heavyweight. Fedor's stand up would be no match for the K-1 vet, while Overeem is not the same fighter who lost by kimura to Werdum in his PRIDE days. I have no doubt Megareem would pick Fabricio apart on the feet. It is worth noting also, that despite competing in MMA for 11 years, he is still only 30 years of age, and has not yet reached hi peak.
My intention when I started this article was to hopefully see Alistair Overeem move up in the P4P rankings, as he deserves it. It's also worht noting that he has only went to decision on 4 occasions in 46 fights, a feet no one else in the top ten can better.
So next time you are compiling your rankings, consider Overeem in the grand scale of things, cuz he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.