After the UFC bought Strikeforce, everyone was clamoring to see Alistair Overeem fight the cream of the crop in the Heavyweight division. In 2011, in the last fight for both men in Strikeforce, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem locked horns in what turned out to be a dismal fight in which Werdum refused to engage the striker Overeem.
After that fight, both Werdum and Overeem have had radically different career paths in the UFC.
Overeem had an electric debut in an absolute destruction over former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar. It seemed that Overeem was well on his way to becoming the new heavyweight champion. Overeem was then booked to fight the Heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146. Unfortunately, Overeem failed his pre-fight drug test and the fight never came to fruition. After his lengthy suspension, Overeem has dropped two in a row by vicious KO’s from Antonio Silva and Travis Browne, respectively.
Werdum returned to the Octagon with an absolute drubbing of Roy Nelson, a TKO over Mike Russow, and a submission over Minotauro Nogueira.
Almost 3 years later, it seems likely that Werdum will be the first of the two fighters to get the coveted UFC Heavyweight title shot. So what changed?
According to Werdum, in an interview with MMAFighting, Overeem has lost dominance because he is off steroids. Werdum says Overeem ‘lacks a little bit in gas because of his steroids’ and that the commission ‘took his powers’. Werdum says that Overeem is a completely different fighter without ‘juice’.
Alistair Overeem is scheduled to fight Frank Mir in a likely ‘loser leaves the UFC’ match at UFC 169.