was one of the sport’s hottest commodities when he
returned to mixed martial arts full time after a successful
kickboxing career. He knows what it feels like to have all eyes
aimed at him, with fans celebrating every victory and critics
savoring each defeat.
This weekend, he will be facing a dangerous fighter who was once in
his shoes and with a similar blueprint. Sergey
has 12 wins without a loss, with nine of those
victories coming by way of KO or TKO. As they prepare for their
UFC Fight Night 141
encounter, take a look at these things you
probably don’t know about Overeem.
In a YouTube interview years back, Overeem was asked by a fan which
among his opponents hit him the hardest, and his answer was
, citing the Russian’s dreaded uppercut. For his
heavyweight debut in February 2006, Overeem met the former Russian
Top Team standout for the first time. He won by TKO in the first
round of this Pride 31 encounter, dislocating Kharitonov’s shoulder
along the way. They met again in September of the following year at
the Hero’s 10 middleweight tournament finals, and this time,
Overeem was knocked out, also in the opening round.
2. He’s a hardcore carnivore.
Meat from cow, horse, fish -- you name it, Overeem will devour it.
He eats six to eight times a day and is also fond of nuts, yogurt,
quark and potatoes, among others. In between chow moments, he finds
time to train, sleep and spend time with his family.
3. He’s spent time behind the mic.
Overeem has done some commentator duty and was pretty good at it.
Perhaps most notable was when he served as a special guest
commentator at Glory: Collision, which featured the
highly-anticipated encounter between Rico
and Badr Hari
guy he has fought twice. He was joined in the commentary booth by
Todd Grisham and "Bazooka" Joe Valtellini.
4. He is one of the most accurate strikers in the UFC.
A 72.5 percent striking accuracy places him second in the list of
the most accurate strikers inside the Octagon, just next to
. He is most accurate with his leg kicks. In all his
fights in the UFC, he has amassed 188 strikes to the head, 165 to
the body and 67 to the legs. His professional MMA record shows in
impressive 21 wins by KO or TKO.
5. He was ADCC European Trials winner.
Back in 2005, Overeem entered the ADCC European Trials and
submitted four opponents to top the 98.9kg weight division. The
Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt clearly has some decent ground game
to add to his world-class striking. In professional MMA, he has
tallied 17 submission victories. His most notable submission
victims include Vitor
, Mark Hunt