Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was not shocked that Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva defeated Alistair Overeem at this past weekend’s UFC 156. The main reason was that Overeem, for the first time in many years, wasn’t on any illegal substances.
“Alistair, for the first time since way back in 2007 when he began to gain huge weight, fought without the drugs he had used constantly for years, including testosterone and all the other s— that goes with it,” said Filipovic to Fight Site.
Filipovic noted during the weigh-ins how Overeem’s body didn’t have the same muscular tone due the NSAC checking on him frequently. Overeem was suspended after testing positive for steroids about a year ago. He was set for a title shot before he got popped. With the recent loss to Silva, UFC president Dana White said Overeem doesn’t get the next title shot.
As for Overeem losing, Filipovic couldn’t be happier.
“He’s been behaving with so much arrogance lately that I’m glad Silva put him back in his place and taught him a lesson,” said Filipovic. “Congratulations Silva, from the heart!”
At DREAM 6 in 2006, Overeem and Filipovic fought to a contest. The referee called the fight after Overeem landed two shots to the groin.
Filipovic returned to MMA on December 31 earning a win over Shinichi Suzukawa for Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 in Japan. It was his first MMA fight since he left the UFC in October 2011, after suffering three straight losses.