‘I am the Most Dangerous Fight Right Now’ – Alistair Overeem Warns Alexander Volkov

Published 02/04/2021, 12:03 AM EST
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 19, 2019: Dutch MMA fighter Alistair Overeem during a weigh-in before his fight against Alexei Oleinik (not in picture) at UFC Fight Night 149 in Yubileiny Sports Centre. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


UFC heavyweight and former Strikeforce champion, Alistair Overeem, spoke to Mike Bohn ahead of his fight against Alexander Volkov. Overeem believes that he’s the most dangerous version of himself at the tender age of 40. 

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He talked about how this would be his 20th fight in the UFC and how he no one thought he would get this far. Furthermore, he explained that longevity is crucial for a fighter. That said, he also acknowledged the toughness of Volkov who he was initially supposed to fight in April 2019. 

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The fight didn’t go ahead as ‘Drago’ became ill, but ‘The Demolition Man’ kept his eye on the Russian. He said, “He definitely grew as a fighter (since then), but I also grew as a fighter, and I think I am the most dangerous fight right now… The timing for me is perfect, and it is what it is.

Alistair Overeem comments on Volkov’s height advantage

‘Drago’ also has a reach significant reach advantage, along with his massive frame, over Overeem, which Mike Bohn also addressed in the interview. Overeem may have to make certain adjustments on February 6, but given his extensive fighting career, on paper disadvantages may not dissuade him one bit. 

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He referenced the height advantage when he said, “Volkov is unique because he’s really tall. There aren’t that many guys over there that have that reach advantage over you. He is definitely going to move differently. I am more used to fighting guys that are shorter than me or my size. It’s going to be an interesting fight.

He explained that he plans to win the UFC belt and then retire immediately. Given his age, ranking, and his ambition, Overeem will be extremely dangerous as he is running out of time. 

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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