Although UFC president Dana White has had to admire Alistair Overeem from afar, it didn’t stop the outspoken promoter from dropping his two cents on the Strikeforce champ and his NON-top 10 status – much to Ubereem’s dismay.
“The fact of the matter is, I’m a very active fighter and you can see that I’m a different fighter than I was at 205 pounds,” Overeem told MixFightNL (Translated by BloodyElbow). “I’m undefeated since 2008 when I became heavyweight, and even more important, I have finished all the fights in the 1stRound.
“But then again, Dana is president of a company so he’s going to say stuff like that. To be honest, it doesn’t bother me because I can make a good case for being in the top 10.”
Ranking systems are typically nothing more than someone’s opinions, but they tend to carry a tad more weight when it comes from MMA’s Tony Soprano. One person White used to hype as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” was recently humbled by Cain Velasquez. That disappointing performance, parlayed with Brock Lesnar’s other showings have Overeem questioning the former WWE star’s credentials.
“When I defended my title against Brett Rogers, Rogers was considered top 10 after he defeated a former number 2 or 3 fighter [in Andrei] Arlovski. I was not in the top 10 at the time and when I defeated Brett Rogers I enter the virtual rankings,” Overeem stated. “Now everybody is saying that Brett Rogers shouldn’t have been in the top 10 in the first place, but that’s the same as saying Brock doesn’t deserve a spot on number two.
“After what Cain did to Brock it’s silly to give Brock a top 5 spot, but that’s my opinion. He’s still a good fighter, but having a 5-2 record and almost losing to Carwin and having wins over Herring, Couture and Mir (which he lost to as well) is not something that I’m very impressed about.”
White hasn’t been shy about his distaste for rankings, even suggesting organizations have paid websites to ensure their athletes appear towards the top of the pecking order. Overeem won’t go that far, especially since he simply appreciates the back-and-forth banter.
“I’m not going to call the media stupid like Dana, but let me put it this way; how can a real MMA insider put a Brock Lesnar above Fedor Emelianenko or even Junior dos Santos? The fact of the matter is, I like that people are debating the rankings but I don’t take them that seriously.