Alistair Overeem is happy to run things back with Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Overeem and Rozenstruik met in the main event of UFC Fight Night Washington with Rozenstruik pulling out a fifth-round come from behind win on that night. The heavyweight has pulled off two straight wins since the loss to Rozenstruik and Overeem is open to a rematch with the last fighter to defeat him.
“Rozenstruik, I destroyed that man,” Overeem said at the UFC Vegas 9 post-fight press conference (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “I schooled him. In my opinion, it was a very bad decision by the ref. Waving it off with zero seconds left. I have no problem running that back. In my mind, I already beat him. It’s only on paper that he kind of got it and he knows it, too. No problem running that back.”
Overeem last competed in the main event of UFC Vegas 9, defeating Augusto Sakai by fifth-round TKO. One thing that Overeem readily admits is that the loss to Rozenstruik took him out of the heavyweight title picture.
“If it was not for the Rozenstruik debacle, judging debacle, I would already be there now,” Overeem said. “But I think I’ll need another win. It also depends on the other landscape but another win.”
Rozenstruik does sit at no. 3 in the UFC heavyweight division, while Overeem is current in the no. 5 position.