Alistair Overeem is looking to prove that he is a top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division and make a case for a UFC title shot. After two straight knockout losses, Overeem was seemingly on the brink of losing his job in the UFC before a dominant decision win over Frank Mir back in February.
Although Overeem controlled Mir from bell to bell, UFC president Dana White was unhappy that Overeem played it safe and did not look for the knockout.
In a recent interview with FanSided, Overeem explained why he did not finish Mir back at UFC 169.
“You can’t always go for the knockout,” Overeem stated candidly. “If you search for a knockout it will never come.”
Overeem’s next opponent is the returning “Big” Ben Rothwell on September 5th at UFC Fight Night 50, and this time you can bet Overeem will be looking to finish the fight.
“With Ben I am definitely looking for a knockout,” Overeem continued. “I want a knockout in the first round.”
If Overeem is indeed able to finish Rothwell, he could be in line for a No. 1 contender fight in the UFC heavyweight division.
“I want to prove I am a top contender and I want to fight for the title, but that is not my decision. Whoever they put in front of me to fight I will. Right now it’s Ben, and I am going to knock him out.”
As for the next opponent he would like to face, Overeem has a former foe in mind.
“I am actually hoping for Junior Dos Santos next.”
Overeem seems supremely confident heading into his bout with Rothwell, so expect a big performance from the former StrikeForce heavyweight champion come September.