Legendary Dutch kick boxer Alistair Overeem has held titles in multiple major combat sports promotions including Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1, but he has yet to get his hands on the UFC heavyweight championship. “The Reem” will finally get the chance to capture UFC gold tomorrow night (September 10, 2016) in the main event of UFC 203 against Stipe Miocic. Overeem will attempt to get the job done in enemy territory as the fight will take place in Miocic’s home of Cleveland, Ohio.
Despite giving up home field advantage, Overeem appears to be supremely confident heading into the bout, and for good reason. The No. 3-ranked heavyweight has won four straight including three stoppage victories over the likes of Stefan Struve, Junior Dos Santos, and Andrei Arlovski. “The Reem” plans to continue his streak against Miocic, and he even went as far to say that he’ll feel ‘sad’ taking the title from the Ohio native:
“What can I say?” Overeem told MMAJunkie. “People are very friendly and very open. I was here during the parade, it was madness. It was good to see a proud state finally accomplish (winning) championships. I almost feel a little bit sad I’m going to take something away from them. But I will be taking that something away this Saturday.”
Overeem will be facing no easy task, however, as the champion has won six of his last seven bouts including four by way of finish.
Who do you see walking away with the heavyweight strap tomorrow night?