Before he was a spinach-eating heavyweight wrecking machine, Alistair Overeem was just a wiry kid with a dream. Here’s the video of his MMA debut at the age of 19 against the very insane-looking Ricardo Fyeet, at the first "It’s Showtime" event in the Netherlands in October 1999. It’s amazing to see how far Overeem has come in the last ten years. Check out his broke-ass gong-and-dash when the fight starts at the 1:45 mark, and that sad attempt at a guard-pull at 3:01. In what would later become a recurringtheme, the Demolition Man manages to finish his opponent by guillotine choke. Overeem didn’t have long to savor the victory; he fought again just four days later at a Rings event in Tokyo, losing to Iouri Kotchkine by majority decision.
Wouldn’t that just be a kick in the pills for Scott Coker and his crew?They go to all this trouble to sign and then promote Fedor through their CBS connections, and they spend over two years waiting for Overeem to come back and defend his heavyweight title, and then Strikeforce’s new partner threatens to swoop in and steal the fight.
(Overeem vs. Thompson. Props to DreamCageFights. And special props to Michael Schiavello for predicting that this fight wouldn’t last long. How the hell did he see that one coming?!?)
- Alistair Overeem def. James Thompson via submission (guillotine choke), 0:33 of round 1 - Eddie Alvarez def. Katsunori Kikuno via submission (arm-triangle choke), 3:42 of round 2 - Marius Zaromskis def. Myeon Ho Bae via KO (head kick), 0:19 of round 1 - Kazushi Sakuraba def. Zelg Galesic via submission (kneebar), 1:40 of round 1 - Katsuyori Shibata def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa via TKO, 4:52 of round 1 - Dong Sik Yoon def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision - Yoshiro Maeda def. Chase Beebe via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:36 of round 1 - Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. Won Sik Park via TKO (eye injury), 5:00 of round 1 - Tomoya Miyashita def. Keisuke Fujiwara via unanimous decision
Meanwhile, Alistair Overeem will head to Japan fresh off his assault on Tony Sylvester at Ultimate Glory 11 this weekend, and still there’s no word on who he’ll be facing when he steps in the white cage on Sunday.Since the odds of Dream booking a top-ten heavyweight on less than a week’s notice aren’t all that great, it’s probably safe to say that Overeem will be getting his second squash match in as many weekends.Maybe the reason he’s avoiding the U.S. isn’t fear of drug tests.Maybe he just likes beating up on guys who are nowhere near his skill-level and getting paid for it.Not having to pee in a cup at the end of the night, that’s just a bonus.
(Props: MMA Turf. Apologies for the lack of sound.)
Well, we expected a pointless mismatch, and a pointless mismatch is what we got. Last night at Ultimate Glory 11 in Amsterdam, Alistair Overeem whipped Tony Sylvester as if he’d discovered the American fighter banging his wife and keying his car at the same time. Sylvester was only able to get off one leg-kick during the 83-second execution, which was marked by Overeem breaking down his opponent with knees in the clinch before ending the fight with a standing guillotine. There’s an odd moment at the 0:52 mark of the above video in which the referee seems to wave off the bout before separating the fighters so that Sylvester can take more abuse. Damn, maybe Sam Hoger would have put up a better fight after all. Overeem is now slated to compete next Sunday at DREAM.12 against an opponent who’s still TBA. (I guess they’re still checking on Canseco‘s availability?) Full results from Ultimate Glory 11 are after the jump…
During the press conference you said you will not comment on Brett Rogers words, but I need to ask again. This doesn’t bother you? Him talking the smack on the internet about you and how you’re not defending your Strikeforce title?
I will not comment on this, I am very busy with K-1 right now, with all the fight I have there. When there will be time to meet in the ring he will see. For now, I will not comment. I am very busy these days, i have a fight in Glory, then in DREAM.12 and after that I’ll fight in the K-1 Finals so I am very busy with training and fighting and I don’t have time for this bullshit.
First of all, if you have time to give interviews where you talk about how you’re not going to talk about something, then you have time to issue a response.I mean, if you really wanted to. Second, and most importantly, Overeem’s list of upcoming engagements makes it very clear that Strikeforce is the least important obligation on his dance card, which ought to be just plain embarrassing for Scott Coker and the boys.Like cleaning out the garage, he keeps saying he’ll get to it eventually.And yet he makes no movement whatsoever to put his shoes on and get to work.
What they don’t know is whether he’ll fight for Dream or Sengoku, but apparently Dream contractees Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi have both been discussed as possible opponents.That means that he might get a real fight against the Strikeforce heavyweight champion (who, again, is avoiding fighting in the U.S. like he’s got some kind of Roman Polanski-esque legal troubles over here), or he’ll do the typical NYE freak show fight against Choi.Those are two very different potential futures for Sylvia.You’d hope that he would rather go the serious route if given the choice, but as we’ve seen in the past, Sylvia is not above taking a bout that makes no sense at all.
(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?
On his Twitter page Hoger wrote that he “MAY have a date” with Overeem, and implored whoever might be reading that message not to “ruin it for me now.”Unless one of Hoger’s 137 followers is in a management position at an MMA organization we’re not sure exactly how that would be possible, but for Christ’s sakes, if any of you Hoger fans have any pull, now’s the time to exert it.Not only would this fight be a farce, but it might also be the kind of farce that results in Hoger taking his meals through a straw for the next several months.