Alistair Overeem defeated Walt Harris this Saturday night at the UFC Fight Night 176.
Overeem Comes Back From the Edge
We are free to say that the Dutch fighter was on the verge of losing this one. Harris attacked early in the first round, pressuring Overeem down to the canvas and unleashing a fury upon the rival.
Somehow, the Demolition Man survived all that and managed to get back on his feet, avoiding the second defeat in a row. In no time, he took over the initiative, catching Harris on the back foot and reversing the roles.
If it weren’t for the end of the round, we might say that the Big Ticket as the fans call Harris, would probably lose the battle much earlier.
Yet, everything was finished after three minutes inside the second frame. Overeem threw a right-leg high kick, which hit his rival in the head and made him wobble, and after that, he would send a strong punch that would send down Harris. It wasn’t too hard for him to use that situation, with the judge in the ring stepping in between and stopping the fight.
This was his third victory in the previous four events, with the only loss coming against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Bigi Boy was four seconds away from his first defeat at the time, but one lucky punch changed everything and knocked out Overeem. Rozenstruik would get the chance to fight in a title eliminator but was beaten badly by Francis Ngannou. We will just remind you that he jumped in instead of Harris, who was supposed to meet Overeem at the time.
Overeem’s Title Dreams
The 40-year old won’t give up on his plan to win the UFC title, and complete his list of championship belts collected while competing in the most prominent MMA organizations.
He had one chance but failed to use it at the UFC 203 once Stipe Miocic knocked him out in the first round. After this battle, Overeem might be in a position to participate in a title-eliminator and buy himself a ticket for another shot at the title.
It is hard to say who could be his opponent, but for the Dutchman, it is not a big deal. Not to forget, he turned 40 years shortly after the fight, waiting for his birthday in the ambulance undergoing a medical test.
Harris’ Big Heart
Although experiencing a huge personal tragedy, and losing his stepdaughter, the Big Ticket didn’t back down. Harris declared following the fight that he won’t be quitting, or anything like it, but will try to prepare himself for the future challenges and came back even stronger.
A lot of other fighters expressed their support for the American, praising his attitude and professionalism. Overeem himself proposed tho Harris that the two work together and prepare for future fights.
This was his first defeat after four straight wins, which would no doubt slow down his quest towards the title match.