FOX Sports 1: Overeem / Browne Preview

Posted on August 9, 2013, 04:43 PM by Brian Cox
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August 17th brings with it not only the debut of UFC on “FOX Sports 1”, but with an import clash between two heavyweights in the persons of Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne

Both fighters could use a win, but the “Demolition Man" probably needs it a more than Brown. Where “Hapa” is at least coming off of a win (a KO of Gabriel Gonzaga in April), Overeem is coming off of a loss and brutal KO at the hands of Antonio Silva and a complete derailment of his hype train.

“The Reem” needs a win in this bout and not just to prevent a losing streak, but more importantly to the naysayers wrong that he’s turning out to be a bust in the UFC and to demonstrate that he is a legitimate threat to become champion.

Regarding that and at least in this video, Overeem seems to be focused on his opponent and not anything beyond him, which, in my opinion, has been a problem he’s exhibited in the past. His last fight would be a great example of that, because in it, the Demolition Man seemed to have looked past “Bigfoot” and not taken him very seriously. Subsequently, he paid a very heavy price for (what amounts to) his ego.

Browne on the other hand has nothing to lose and everything to gain, particularly if he can add Overeem’s marquee name to his victories list and as such, will prove to be a tough and decent test for the former kickboxing and Strikeforce champion.

For all the Reem fans out there I hope Alistair can pass the test, but I also know that Browne can set a tough examination.


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  • Entity
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    Personally I think Brock did ok when he knew he could bully a guy or was much bigger. He seemed to get mentally defeated quick when he got intimidated, like Cain and Overroid.

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  • highkick12
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    This fight has tons of potential!

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  • Brian Cox
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    Truly, it does. This fight caries a lot of weight in the division. If Overeem loses, then wow. If he wins, then he he's taken a step forward in reclaiming his legitimacy as a contender in the division.

    Either way, it will be interesting to see which of Alistair Overeem's physiques and attitudes, shows up to the weigh-ins next Friday.

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  • InfiniteEnigma
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    Ya. Im motivated to see the Reem potentially learning from his humbling experience, and the explosive potential of Travis Browne....Bonus...its free :-)

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  • Brian Cox
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    This is hands down the most important fight on the card. In terms of real gravitas in a division, this fight has it. If Overeem wins and impressively, then he's back. At least in his fans eyes. If he loses, man...that's just ugly for his career; certainly in the UFC.

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  • akieyugames
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    Nice to see Overeem not over confident, hope he wins this one, would like to see him face JDS someday, with his ego in check.

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