Alistair Overeem Wants UFC Return ASAP to Prove He’s Not Ducking, but Waiting on Rib Injury

February 26, 2014
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Alistair Overeem UFC 146 press conference

Alistair Overeem caught a lot of flack from his boss, UFC president Dana White, recently for turning down a fight with Junior dos Santos, a fighter that Overeem has history with and once wanted to fight more than anyone else.

Overeem recently explained, however, that he turned down the fight because of a rib injury that he still doesn’t know the status of.

Overeem told UFC Tonight that he suffered the injury about four weeks prior to his most recent fight, which was a three-round unanimous decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 169 earlier this month.

Currently on vacation, Overeem also informed UFC Tonight that he intends to go to Holland in the next few days to get his ribs looked at by doctors and see about physical therapy.

He would like to return to the Octagon as soon as possible, especially since there is so much chatter from people, including White, saying that he is ducking dos Santos. Overeem is hesitant to commit to any fight, however, until his ribs are somewhere in the area of being 90-percent healthy.

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  • Mike

    Sounds like the rib injury needs a shot of testosterone like last time…

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      Bwahahahaha!!! 😀

  • TRT-rex

    So he fought injured against Mir but won’t take a fight now? That’s bs. He isn’t ducking he’s running. As a fighter this is the type of injury the fans don’t need to hear about. It makes you look soft. He should have taken the fight and never said anything cause he would most likely be healed come fight time. Overeem sucks. Bring back the laboratory created Ubereem, he was much tougher lol jk.

  • He should just accept the fight but to ask for it to be at a later date so he has time to heal and train. Reem vs JDS was so much more interesting before Alistair was KO’d twice in a row but this fight could still be interesting. Some fans want to see him KO’d by Dos Santos and long time fans want to see him back on top and a win over JDS really puts him back in title contention.

  • hgh

    Back to Holland ? He disappeared to Holland back when he fought Lesnar and he tested positive after that fight so guess what he’s doing when he goes back

    • guestmmafan

      He tested posetive for A high testosterone level witch he goth after seeing Dr.Molina in the sun shine stade of california ….

      SO he got JUICED up Wile being in The STADES nothing to do with going to holland

  • dc is so good with chickens

    give a shot overeem …

  • Dragon Kid

    Fight me Overeem, u chicken!

    • gnodeb

      Real Cigano knows that AO doesn’t deserve to fight him, yet… Calling out AO is as pointless as AO calling Brock.
      I don’t want to watch that, yet…

  • Scooby

    MMA fans have proven themselved to be the dumbest mofos on the planet. What a bunch of dorks.

    • Aimed With “V”

      Says the guy whose comments are “Hughes sucks dongs” and “GSP a pussy”.

      I haven’t seen one person here that is dumber than you.
      You’re on top of the list.

  • HC

    Physical therapy for a rib injury? Please explain. There’s not much you can do about a rib injury but let it heal and avoid more hits.

    • Aimed With “V”

      Actually a physical therapy might be absolutely necessary in case that the rib injury is a fracture.

      The absence can lead to serious breathing problems, which is even more important to the MMA fighter, since it can seriously mess the cardio.

  • Mihael Hajdin

    Well if he fought injured againts mur he should be close to his 90% by now..

  • Roidleman

    HC • 2 days ago
    Physical therapy for a rib injury? Please explain. There’s not much you can do about a rib injury but let it heal and avoid more hits.

    Some mma fans think they fu**ing know it all. What makes you think he would say something like that if it was bs that anybody could call? Or someone like you? He would prob come up with a better lie. Please stfu