Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Alistair Overeem celebrated his 40th birthday in style.
After a scary knockdown courtesy of Walt Harris in their main event clash at UFC on ESPN 8 on Saturday, “The Demolition Man” powered back with a highlight-reel finish. After landing a thunderous head kick and a punch that put Harris down, a barrage of ground-and-pound from back mount ultimately led to the end of the fight.
With a 3-1 record over his past four outings, Overeem is still one of the top heavyweights in the sport but he also understands he can’t go on fighting forever.
While he knows it’s not a short road back to the UFC heavyweight title, Overeem believes he has enough in the tank to go for one last run at the belt before calling it a career.
“We’re still hunting for the title,” Overeem said during the UFC on ESPN 8 post-fight press conference. “I would say also I’m in the last phase of my career. So those two things are a little bit on my mind. Finish the career and one more run at the title.”
Overeem has already put together a stellar resume when it comes to his list of accomplishments.
He’s a former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion in MMA as well as a K-1 Grand Prix tournament champion in kickboxing. Overeem has faced a laundry list of top fighters during his career competing at both heavyweight and light heavyweight.
Still, the UFC title has eluded him during his career after Overeem came up short in his only bid to win the belt in 2016, a loss to current champion Stipe Miocic.
He’s not setting a time limit on making another run at the title but Overeem obviously believes he’s got enough fight left in him to make another surge at UFC gold before hanging up the gloves for good.