Overeem: 'We had to play it safe'

 

You fight on a tight rope in the UFC.

If you fight cautiously, you get cut pretty quickly when you lose; and everyone loses (assuming Renan Barao and Jose Aldo have something better to do post UFC 169 than read this on the UG). If you go all out and thrill the fans, you will be kept around longer, although not indefinitely, and your purse stays fixed, and the risk of getting knocked unconscious rises dramatically.

That was the MMA dilemma, facing Alistair Overeem Saturday night at UFC 169.

UFC president Dana White was not impressed.

"He fought safe," said White post fight. "I think he could have finished him. Not a crowd-pleasing fight. He kept his job. The reality is, Alistair didn't try to finish and didn't try to capitalize on any of the work that he had done. It was a crappy performance, in my opinion."

Speaking to FOX after the fight, Overeem said he was not thinking about being cut as he fought, but that it still affected the outcome.

"[Being cut] wasn't going through my mind, but it was a decisive factor in my gameplan," said Overeem. "We had to play it safe. Especially looking at my previous fight, Before Frank (a first round KO loss to Travis Browne). We fought a safe and clever gameplan this time."

The UFC was born from a stupid simple idea - to find out what the best martial art is, drop an exponent of two different ones in a box together, and see who wins. The UFC might want to think outside the current box, and consider giving fighters the number of fights on their contract, whether they win or not, and see if that makes the play of the game more fan friendly, and less like Saturday night.

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Yussarian site profile image  

2/3/14 7:55 PM by Yussarian

Good point. Maybe Dana is pissed because Mir is one of his boys? Maybe he expected Overeem to lose so he could cut him? And then with Overeem calling out Lesnar, oh boy, not a good night for Dana.

Yussarian site profile image  

2/3/14 7:54 PM by Yussarian

He may have played it safe, but made it look like a beating. Good for him.

supersaiyan site profile image  

2/3/14 7:53 PM by supersaiyan

dana should get in the ring/cage then tell us from that perspective

The Sultan site profile image  

2/3/14 6:50 PM by The Sultan

Agreed.You cant win with dfw. You lose youre cut, you make sure you win, you get ridiculed.

caposa site profile image  

2/3/14 6:25 PM by caposa

If Overeem's performance was crappy, what the hell does that make Mir's performance?

sevr1 site profile image  

2/3/14 6:14 PM by sevr1

I'm with the rest of you.How Dana makes a 1765187518571 to 5 striking disparity out to mean that the guy that it is in FAVOR of, is beyond me. Reem hit Frank with some big stuff too. How about Frank had a crappy performance, but I still respect him for taking quite the beating. That sounds like what Dana should be saying...

bmorela3 site profile image  

2/3/14 5:33 PM by bmorela3

why didn't dana call out cormier about his performance vs mir? dana is such an asshole

NiteProwleR site profile image  

2/3/14 5:31 PM by NiteProwleR

UFC needs to change its mind set on these kind of things. High level competition is good but entertainment is why we watch. The matchmaking lately has also been very poor.

NiteProwleR site profile image  

2/3/14 5:31 PM by NiteProwleR

UFC needs to change its mind set on these kind of things. High level competition is good but entertainment is why we watch. The matchmaking lately has also been very poor.

NiteProwleR site profile image  

2/3/14 5:31 PM by NiteProwleR

UFC needs to change its mind set on these kind of things. High level competition is good but entertainment is why we watch. The matchmaking lately has also been very poor.



 

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