UFC on FOX 13: Alistair Overeem Vows to KO Stefan Struve in Under 30 Seconds
Former Strikefroce and K1 Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will be looking to get back to his winning ways when takes on fellow Dutchman Stefan Struve this weekend at UFC on FOX 13. Overeem has been in a bit of a rut as of late going 2-3 in his past five trips to the Octagon. But the bad luck has not ruined his confidence ahead of the fight with Struve, as Overeem vows to knock him out in under 30 seconds.
Here’s what Overeem said on the recent ‘Road to the Octagon’ episode:
“I’m really not that impressed by him. I’m a striker, and I like to knock people out. I’m going to knock him out in the first 30 seconds. I know myself, I’ve had setbacks before, but I fight through them. There are always going to be critical people. They have all the right to be critical. It’s my right to not give a damn. You keep your back straight, chin on your chest, and do the best you can.
We’ve corrected a lot of mistakes, and I’ve noticed my focus is really getting sharp again. I feel more focused and better prepared. I’ve evolved. That’s all focused on learning and getting better. In this sport you need to keep going up. You need to improve. My thing is, I want to win. I’m a winner. Why don’t you win? Is that because I don’t work hard and put the effort in? That’s not it.
I know I put the effort and the energy in and do my best. I can’t wait until fight day. I am a striker and I do like to knock people out. I want to knock him out in the first 30 seconds. I’m a mean motherfu-ker, and it’s going to come out in the fight.”
Stefan Struve has not seen action in the UFC’s Octagon since his knockout loss to Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel TV 8. Struve was sidelined after the Mark Hunt fight with unrelated heart issues.
Struve was set to make his return against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175. However, while at the venue on fight night, he fainted in the dressing room. Doctors decided to pull a devastated Struve from the fight and he was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
UFC on FOX 13 take place at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on December 13th, 2014.
Alistair Overeem’s segment comes at the 28:00 minute mark of the episode