(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?
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.