UFC President Dana White recently made his opinion very clear in regards to Alistair Overeem’s (a fighter whom White admits liking and respecting) position on the heavyweight rankings list in MMA. White told MMAJunkie that, despite his fondness of Overeem, he feels that the Dutch fighter has not proven himself against any top ten MMA fighters and therefore cannot claim a spot in the top ten. Speaking with MixFight.nl (through BloodyElbow), Overeem responded to White’s claims and offered a rebuttal to his argument.
“Dana is entitled to his own opinion and has some valid arguments to claim his case but I don’t feel that they are that strong,” Overeem said.
Overeem broke down the reasons that he should be considered as a top ten fighter, and also offered up a few as to why former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar shouldn’t be considered in the top five.
“First of all he was telling that I didn’t fight anybody in the top 10, that’s not entirely true. When I defended my title against Brett Rogers, Rogers was considered top 10 after he defeated a former number 2 or 3 fighter Arlovski. I was not in the top 10 at the time and when I defeated Brett Rogers I enter the virtual rankings. 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. I’m not going to call the media stupid like Dana but let me put it this way; how can a real M.M.A. insider put a Brock Lesnar above Fedor Emelianenko or even JDS. The fact of the matter is I like that people are debating the rankings but I don’t take them that seriously.”
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