Coming off two consecutive losses, a lot is on the line for Alistair Overeem at UFC 169 when he faces off against Frank Mir. Overeem is doing all he can to ensure a win, and according to him, improving his cardio was a top priority:
“I actually dropped some weight,” Overeem told MMAjunkie. “I wanted improved cardio, so obviously you want to lose some weight. That actually goes automatic. A lot more cardio and you automatically lose a lot of weight. We just wanted [my cardio] to be better.”
With consecutive defeats on his record for this first time since 2006, Overeem may have more pressure to win than ever before. UFC President Dana White has said another loss could mark the end of Overeem’s UFC career, something that would fluster most fighters.
For a veteran of the sport like Overeem, though, it served as motivation to make the changes needed in order to regain the form that led to a 12-fight unbeaten streak prior to his recent drought.
“Dealing with losses is never cool – it’s always hard,” Overeem said. “You should always reinvent yourself, but when you lose you just do it a little bit more. I did just that for this fight. The focus has been very well the last couple of months. Sparring partners are good, my coaches have performed excellent and I think I’m really peaking right now.”
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