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Thread: Alistair Overeem: 'I Have One Goal in Life and That's Becoming the UFC Champion'

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    http://www.mmaweekly.com/alistair-ov...n-fox-sports-1
    Alistair Overeem Believes His Experience Will Be Key Against Travis Browne at UFC on Fox Sports 1
    “I’m a striker and I’m looking for that striking game. I also have a submission game and I also have some wrestling. I’m all around. I think I’m especially going to beat him in the experience. I have so many more fights than he has. He’s very aggressive, but my experience is going to be the turning point,” said Overeem on UFC Tonight
    “What happen was he knocked me out cold. I think there was a little bit of an under-estimation. He’s a dangerous guy. He has heavy bones. That was a costly price to pay,” he said about the loss. “In the meantime, I’ve learned all the lessons I could have. I took some time off to overthink everything that wasn’t right. In my own way I’ve been fixing everything. I’ve been in camp for four months and I feel great. I look forward to fighting again.”

    It’s unclear whether a win over Browne will earn him a title shot, but winning the title is Overeem’s ultimate goal.

    “That’s for the gentleman upstairs to decide,” he said when asked about getting a title shot. “My goal is the UFC belt. That would crown my career. So I’m just going to give it all I have.”
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    UFC Fight Night 26's Alistair Overeem: 'I don't like to lose; I'm a winner'
    "When they say you learn more from losses than from wins, I found that to be a very accurate saying," Overeem told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "When you win, that means you must be doing something good. When you lose, that means something or some things, multiple things, went wrong.

    "I don't like to lose. I'm a winner, so that put everything on alert and got me back to the drawing board to get everything sharp again. That's what happened after the last fight."

    Earlier this year, at February's UFC 156 event, Overeem faced Antonio Silva for a crack at the UFC's heavyweight title. After cruising through the opening two rounds with precious little sense of urgency, Overeem was blasted by the heavy-handed "Bigfoot" in the third frame and suffered a devastating knockout loss.

    It was Overeem's first loss since 2007, but the 33-year-old insists he didn't allow the disappointment to overwhelm him.

    "I not a depressed kind of guy," Overeem said. "I'm a positive guy. I'm always looking for opportunity. I'm always looking for answers. So that was me. I was just looking to improve. I had a close look at all the components: training camp, trainers and the whole thing.

    "Basically, after a loss, if it's a close-call loss, obviously maybe that's just a strategy thing. But if it's a big loss, I look at everything, and I changed everything up."

    Included among the changes was Overeem's choice of training locale, and he returned to Holland for half of his camp in order to train under Mike's Gym head Mike Passenier, trainer to legendary strikers such as Badr Hari, Gokhan Saki and Melvin Manhoef.

    "I went back to my roots, back to striking, which is my thing," Overeem said.

    Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) returns to action on Saturday night, when he meets Travis Browne (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) in the co-feature of "UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen" at Boston's TD Garden. Browne also lost to Silva but has since bounced back with an impressive win over Gabriel Gonzaga.

    Despite a massive experience difference between the two, Overeem insists he's not overlooking his opponent.

    "I think it's a very good matchup," Overeem said. "He's definitely an up-and-coming guy. He only has one loss. He's aggressive. He's going to be there and going for the win. But I'm coming from a loss, and I'm also in search of a win. I think it's a good matchup. I'm looking forward to the fight."

    In many ways, the bout seems to have a make-or-break feel to it for Overeem. The former Strikeforce champ was heavily hyped coming into his UFC debut, but injury, a failed drug test and the loss to Silva have all helped soften the hype.

    Overeem said his goal is still to win the UFC's heavyweight belt, and his latest setback isn't going to stop him.

    "Listen, in my life, I was not born with a golden spoon," Overeem said. "I've had a lot of setbacks in my life. But you keep on going. You keep opening yourself up to people who will help you. Solutions come. You just keep on going with your chin up and your shoulders back, and you keep on moving forward.

    "It's not hard. I'm very passionate, and I want to win, and you do whatever it takes to win."
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    t’s unclear whether a win over Browne will earn him a title shot, but winning the title is Overeem’s ultimate goal.

    “That’s for the gentleman upstairs to decide,” he said when asked about getting a title shot.
    yeah, a win over a game-but-not-even-top-10 fighter that puts AO on a one-fight-win-streak should totally "earn" him a title shot. I mean when you compare it to the way sonnen "earned" his LHW sham title shot, it completely makes sense.

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    Overeem has to be feeling a sense of urgency at this point in his career. 33 yrs old and he has been through plenty of fights and camps. It'll be very surprising if he can get to the top of the heap let alone the title...

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    Browne's got an Arlovski beard goin on.

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