Alistair Overeem has now suffered some 11 KO/TKO defeats over the course of his long, storied MMA career, but none was more terrifying than the one he suffered at the heavy hands of Francis Ngannou in Detroit on Saturday night.
It took Ngannou just 102 seconds to flatten Overeem, a single hook-cum-uppercut leaving the Dutch striker unconscious on the canvas. It was a knockout that inspired awe and excitement but also brought with it a sobering fear for the safety of Overeem, who remained motionless on the floor for quite some time.
Thankfully, the 37-year-old former Strikeforce heavyweight champion took to Twitter shortly after the fight to assure his fans that he was suffering no serious ill effects in spite of the savage nature of the finish.
“No damage and all healthy thankfully,” wrote Overeem. “Unfortunately lost today.”
“Props to [Francis Ngannou,” added the fighter graciously. “I got hit with a uppecut from he**, one of his specialities which we [knew] were very dangerous. Some chill timenow before back to the drawing-board.”
No damage and all healthy thankfully.. unfortunately lost today. Props to @francis_ngannou, I got hit with a uppercut from he**, one of his specialities which we new were very dangerous. Some chill time now before back to the drawing-board ??
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 3, 2017
While Overeem goes back to the drawing board, Ngannou moves on to bigger things.
This fight was essentially seen as a final eliminator for the UFC heavyweight title, so Ngannou is expected to get the next crack at champion Stipe Miocic. At the UFC 218 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Miocic vs. Ngannou is in the promotion’s immediate plans and added that he is hoping to get it done “as soon as possible.” White even admitted that he liked the idea of adding the fight to UFC 220, which is scheduled for January 20th in Boston.