At UFC Fight Night 26 this past weekend, former K1 Grand Prix Winner, Alistair Overeem (36-13 (1nc), pictured) suffered his second constitutive loss inside the octagon, and his second-straight via knockout. The killer blow at UFC Fight Night 26, come via a picture-perfect front kick from Travis Browne (15-1-1) followed up with some nasty hammer fists for good measure, leaving the referee no option but to call an early end to the bout and taking Overeem’s UFC record to 1-2.
As well as suffering two defeats inside the octagon, Overeem was also suspended in April, 2012 after he failed a pre-fight drug test ahead of a proposed title bout with then UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos (16-2). Overeem was found with a 14-to-1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio and was subsequently suspended for nine months.
Following the recent loss to Travis Browne, UFC President Dana White, who was talking at a post-fight media scrum, suggested that Overeem had not lived up to his reputation after joining the UFC, saying,
“You guys [The media} especially, believed he was the best at one time. He had a big following, you bring a guy like that in and you see what happens. I mean we bring in the best guys in the world, guys who are supposedly the best in the world, and we find out.”
When asked whether or not Overeem will feature again inside the octagon, Dana White was unsure and said that he will not be thinking about that right now.
“I have no idea, I don’t even think about that stuff tonight.”
While it would seem extreme for the UFC to release Alistair Overeem so quickly, despite two high profile losses, anything is possible. Overeem is one of the top earners in the UFC and that could well have some influence on what the UFC decides is in his future. ‘The Reem’ reportedly earned $386,000 for his UFC 141 victory over Brock Lesnar (5-3) and $286,000 following his UFC 156 loss to Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (18-5).
No fighter pay has been released for UFC Fight Night 26, with the Massachusetts commission under no obligation to do so, but it can be assumed that Overeem earned at least the same as his UFC 156 performance, taking his overall fighter pay for his 1-2 record to almost $1,000,000. Former UFC competitor Jon Fitch (24-6-1 (1nc) was recently released in February, 2013, after going 1-2 in his last three UFC bouts, despite being regarded as one of the top welterweights in the world for the best part of a decade, which may have set a dangerous precedent on what happens to high-earners who fail to live up to their past reputation.