I give MMA fighters all the respect in the world.
Personally, I hate writing stories about cuts and releases from the UFC because that is the dream for anybody that gets into mixed martial arts.
But, when you make the kind of bucks that the likes of Alistair Overeem make, you are paid to win fights; not get knocked out in impressive fashion.
Overeem came to the UFC with all the hype of a superstar. Big resume, even bigger body.
However, whether it be the failed drug test, lack of testosterone or just plain not being as skilled, his time in the Octagon is over.
Overeem is no longer a contender, a challenger or a threat to wear the UFC heavyweight title.
Antonio Silva proved it.
Travis Browne proved it.
No disrespect to either Silva or Browne, but these are not even the upper echelon of the UFC’s roster. Let’s not even begin to think about what Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos or even Daniel Cormier would do to “The Reem” if given the opportunity.
In his loss to Silva, Overeem pocketed a cool $285,000-plus just in base salary. With the UFC cutting costs and axing fighters left and right to save some dough, nearly $300,000 could go a long way with building back up the roster.
The bigger issue for Overeem is where does he go from here?
Maybe a return to kickboxing is in order, as you can’t imagine Bellator fronting that kind of money for him. The World Series of Fighting isn’t going to provide him with any kind of challenge.
Overeem, 33 years old, last competed in K-1 in 2010, winning the Grand Prix. He is 10-4 in the sport all-time, including five straight victories.