Dana White isn’t drinking the Alistair Overeem Kool-Aid, which is heavily laced with traces of horse remains. He’s just not buying that Alistair Overeem can defeat Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos or any other guy that would classify as a ‘top ten heavyweight’. Actually, Dana White doesn’t even include Alistair Overeem in his top ten list, and after UFC 122, he gave his reasoning why.
“[Expletive] great guy. I like Overeem. I have nothing but respect for him. But it’s an absolute [expletive] joke that anybody would rank him in the top 10. And anybody that wants to debate with me, and tell me why Alistair should be ranked, [expletive] fire away. I’m ready. I want to hear it. Can’t wait. If on your rankings you have him in the top 10, you should be [expletive] embarrassed.”
“I actually find it hilarious that he’s ranked in the top 10 by some of the websites. I find it hilarious. What has he done in MMA to be ranked in the top 10? I’d like somebody here to answer that question. We’ve got a lot of media guys here; what has Alistair Overeem done to be ranked in the top 10 of mixed martial arts’ heavyweight division?”
“How do you figure because he’s such a good K-1 fighter (that) he can parlay that into being a mixed-martial-arts fighter? That’s what makes the mixed-martial-arts media [expletive] stupid – that they would even rank this guy in the top 10 because he’s fighting in K-1. That makes absolutely no [expletive] sense, and I would love to hear somebody make sense of this guy being ranked in the top 10.”
“Has he fought anybody worth mentioning? Uh, yeah that would help. Guys that fight the top guys in the top 10, three times a year in mixed martial arts – those are the guys that are ranked in the top 10. How bout the fact that he’s fighting in K-1, where you just kick and punch? There’s no wrestling, there’s no this, and there’s no that. How does any credible [expletive] MMA guy put him in the top 10 in the heavyweight division? It’s hilarious.”
I counted seven ‘expletives’, but my radar has been somewhat desensitized over the years. The fact still remains that Alistair Overeem is the Strikeforce heavyweight champion and on December 11th, there’s a good chance that he may win the K-1 Grand-Prix which would be the equivalent of Kobe Bryant winning the NBA Finals and then winning the Superbowl all in the same year. [Source]