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Forget Hoger, Overeem Will Fight Tony Sylvester Instead

(Either Alistair Overeem is facing an extra from "Over the Top" or else Google Image Search has seriously led us astray.)

Though Sam Hoger doesn’t like it, some benevolent force in the universe has intervened to keep Alistair Overeem from calmly handing him his ass at Golden Glory 11 next Saturday.  In his place will be 11-2 Ohio-based fighter Tony Sylvester, who is at least in the same weight class as Overeem, though that’s about where the similarities between he and “The Demolition Man” end.  While Sylvester’s record looks impressive at first glance, it doesn’t stay that way under closer inspection.  His most recent loss came via decision against Chris Tuchscherer in the abortion known as YAMMA Pit Fighting.  He rebounded with a first-round TKO win over Roger Minton in his last effort, but that was a) almost a year ago, and b) against a guy making his pro debut.

In fact, if you look at Sylvester’s recent fighting history, six of his last eight victories came against guys who currently have losing records.  And the other loss on his record?  It was against Tim “Big Perm” Persey, who, while he may be the proud owner of an awesome nickname, is not exactly a world-beater himself.  This isn’t to say that Sylvester is no good.  I mean, I guess he can’t really help it if the guys he beats happen to lose a bunch of fights before and after they face him.  But at the same time, this is the guy who’s going to fight Strikeforce (absentee) heavyweight champ and top ten heavyweight Alistair Overeem?

Maybe we’re jumping to conclusions.  We can’t forget that Golden Glory 11 is just a week before Dream.12, which Overeem is allegedly scheduled to compete in, facing the always-dangerous TBA.  It’s possible that Overeem is going for quantity over quality with his October opponents. 

Think of it as a “Diggstown” kind of scenario: it may not be impressive to beat a guy like Sylvester, who hasn’t beaten anyone worth a damn in his seven-year career.  But if he beats Sylvester on October 17 and then Hammerhead Hagan eight days later, damned if that isn’t something almost worth bragging about.  Almost.

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sxjohnson- October 9, 2009 at 11:07 am
I was at the YAMMA fight.... ridiculous and sad about sum up what happened in the cage.
Basically Doucher Tuchscherer went in and handled him while he layed on the ground for five minutes before it eventually ended and Tuch won.

Sylvester was sloppy, out of shape and didn't look to really have much skill. I'm pretty sure Overeem might kill him.......or at least win very impressively.
Barc- October 9, 2009 at 5:33 am
Damn you Dakyn! The Fedor reference was supposed to be mine! I'm gonna say it anyway...

It's nice to see that Fedor and Overeem are finally gonna get that fight in.
Dakyn- October 8, 2009 at 11:47 pm
Overeem and his manager have clearly been taking advice from M1-Global; afterall once you've got somewhere near the top it's all smooth sailing crushing cans right?

WTF is it with this big bastards dodging any fighters who actually pose a risk and squashing mismatched losers in Japan for a living?

Admittedly Fedor is fighting for a US based promotion now but, he could have signed with the UFC...
for the love of mma- October 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm
i bet tony sylvester whips allistar overeem!! karma baby karma!!
Smitty- October 8, 2009 at 7:20 pm
I want to kick Overeems ass soooooo bad.................but I can't so, I hope someone else does it.
tallkitchenbags- October 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm
boring. tell anabolic alistair to grow a pair and make the jump to UFC.
Roe Jogan- October 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm
Tony's last name is Sylvester. Overeem's called The Demolition Man. Sylvester Stallone starred in The Demolition Man in 1993. Just saying.
Daddy_jeffy- October 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Golden Glory 11 sounds like a gay porn movie.
Da Spied Her- October 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Maybe Sylvester can make Overeem his Tweety-bird.
ajhamlet- October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Who else is fighting at Glory 11?