Overeem Interested In Rozenstruik Rematch
Coming off of a win at UFC on ESPN 8 last week, Alistair Overeem is looking to earn a UFC Heavyweight Title opportunity for the first time since 2016. First, however, he is looking to avenge a critical loss he suffered back in December.
A replacement opponent for Walt Harris at the time, Jairzinho Rozenstruik came into the contest in Washington D.C. riding a three-fight win streak. The bout ended up not as electric as many hoped it would be, due in part to the violent nature of both fighters. However, four seconds before the bout ended Rozenstruik landed a huge shot that took Overeem out. Not only did he have his two-fight win streak snapped, but he required multiple stitches on his busted lip.
On Sirius XM’s Fight Nation, Overeem contested the loss, stating he was winning the fight the entire time. One shot and bad officiating ended the contest.
“I’m not dissatisfied about the Rozenstruik performance. … We schooled the guy,” Overeem stated, via MMA Junkie. “We were up all five rounds, it was just like one, or actually it was two punches that he connected. In my opinion a wrong stoppage, the ref should have never jumped in and when he jumped in it was zero seconds left. I actually had thought that it was the end of the fight because I remember the click, click, last 10 seconds and then I got dropped, straight back to my feet and it was over.”
In Jacksonville, Overeem was able to survive an early onslaught at the hands of Walt Harris. Although he suffered an injury above his eye, Overeem was able to get on top of Harris and control the last half of the first round. He then dominated the second round, striking Harris in the head while on his back. The referee had no choice but to call the fight off.
As a result of Harris’ step-daughter’s death, Rozenstruik ended up getting the attention of Overeem. Rozenstruik just recently fought a few days before Overeem did at UFC 249, losing to Francis Ngannou. The man with knockout power got a taste of his own medicine, losing via TKO in 20 seconds. Even if the two are now on different paths when it comes to potential title opportunities, Overeem still wants to make sure he rights what he believes was a wrong call.
“I thought I actually won that fight and then it was like hey (expletive), they stopped it, TKO? And then you have Rozenstruik talking about it. He KO’d me, he KO’d me,” Overeem went on to say. “That guy got lucky and I would love to run it back with him because (if) I fight him again, I’m gonna finish him. One hundred percent.”