After being on the receiving end of back-to-back knockouts in 2013, UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem kicked off his 2014 campaign inside of the octagon with a unanimous decision win over former champion Frank Mir at UFC 169.
Overeem was hoping to build off of that win, but now he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future thanks to surgery that will fix a nagging issue. According to a report from MMA Fighting, Overeem is set to undergo surgery in Florida to repair a pinched nerve in his elbow on Wednesday.
Overeem told MMAFighting.com:
“Initially, I didn’t realize what it was and thought it would pass. I thought [my injured] rib was worse, which it isn’t. So after 19 years of abuse to my body, I’m proud to now only have my first surgery.”
There is currently no timetable for Overeem’s return.
This is just the latest setback for the “Demolition Man” in his UFC career, which has failed to live up to the hype that Overeem had when he first joined the UFC roster. Despite his struggles, Overeem remains the No. 6-ranked heavyweight in the official UFC fighter rankings.
While Overeem is on the sideline, Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum will be battling it out to determine the No. 1 contender for Cain Velasquez’s title.