Alistair Overeem opens "The Year of The Reem" with a dominant victoryPosted on January 1, 2012, 07:58 PM by Anton Gurevich
Last Friday, Alistair Overeem made another step towards completing the first ever quadruple in combat sports, after demolishing Brock Lesnar in the main event of UFC 141. Alistair Overeem needed less than three minutes to beat Brock Lesnar into retirement, sending a clear message to the reigning champion Junior “Cigano” dos Santos.
Overeem lived up to the expectations of MMA fans that were wise enough to judge his talent by skill, experience and exceptional physical attributes. The Dutchman was head and shoulders above Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon. Hungry, focused, well-rounded, and extremely confident in his abilities to leave the arena victorious.
Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem might share the physique, but “The Demolition Man” proved he has more than enough qualities that set him apart from “The Baddest Man on the Planet”. In fact, Overeem’s incredible physical strength in combination with cream of the crop striking and high-level grappling make him a somewhat improved version of Brock Lesnar.
Overeem made his UFC debut in a perfect condition, and has the potential to become the George St. Pierre and Anderson Silva of the UFC Heavyweight division.
At least in my opinion, Junior dos Santos is an underdog against Aistair Overeem. He’s around 25lbs lighter (weighed-in at 239lbs against Cain Velasquez), and has a pretty one-dimensional striking skills. JDS is one of the best boxers in MMA, but he lacks the depth Alistair Overeem has with kicks, knees and his second to none clinch.
From another point of view, dos Santos’ weight could easily become a speed advantage when he tries to stick and move against Alistair Overeem, who prefers to explode on his opponents when he smells blood.
Alistair Overeem is a fantastic addition to the UFC roster. He could provide very entertaining fights with Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, who are most likely to square off against each other for the next #1 contender spot in the division.
One way or another, it looks like 2012 will be "The Year of The Reem".