This last Saturday, in the main event of UFC Fight Night:Shogun vs. Sonnen on Fox Sports 1, Alistair Overeem was dealt his thirteenth career loss from the up and coming heavyweight contender, Travis Browne. It was certainly a bitter defeat considering that earlier in the first round before being knocked out 4:08 minutes later, Overeem had Browne in serious trouble.
It’s not only Overeem’s second consecutive loss in the UFC, but also the first time in over six years that Overeem has suffered back to back losses. In fact, he tasted defeat three consecutive times to Antonio “Little Nog” Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, back when he was fighting at light heavyweight, and they were also his last three fights with the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships.
After that he’d go 1-1 in his next two fights against Michael Knapp and Sergei Kharitonov respectively before going on his six year fourteen fight undefeated streak where the closest thing he would suffer to a loss was a No Contest for kneeing Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic twice in the groin and racking up wins against opponents such as Paul Buentello, Mark Hunt, Gary Goodridge, James Thompson, Kazuyuki Fujita, Brett Rogers, Todd Duffee, Frabricio Werdum, and Brock Lesnar; and capturing the Strikeforce and Dream Heavyweight titles as well as delving into K-1 and capturing the 2010 World Grand Prix.
After such streaks why is it that Overeem has suffered two consecutive defeats having been knocked out by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 and loosing a title shot against Champion Cain Velasquez? The answer can be found if one were to watch those two matches and carefully observe Overeem’s behavior.
Both fights had Overeem not only controlling the fights but at times dominating his opponents. The problem comes when Overeem get’s too overconfident and starts to either underestimate his opponents or basically showboat, similar to Anderson Silva. Another way to put it, Overeem is cocky!
One would think that after one loss he’d learn his lesson but as Saturday night proved, he didn’t. Now Overeem has found himself going from a title contender to a man who may possibly be on the chopping block should he not loose his next fight.
The magic number for most fighters is usually three losses in a row before they find themselves looking for a new job with a few exceptions. Overeem is in a must win situation if he wants to stay in the UFC, let alone work his way back up to a title shot.
One can only hope that these last two losses have taught him a little about humility and maybe he can be a little more cautious and not underestimate his next opponent or get cocky when his opponent’s hurt, then maybe we can see the Overeem that dominated Brock Lesnar.
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