Alistair Overeem: "I consider Oleinik a friend but I'm going to stop him in two rounds"
Few days left before the historic UFC tournament in Saint Petersburg. UFC management trusted Netherland’s martial arts superstar Alistair Overeem to serve the main event of this card versus Russia’s submission-machine Alexey Oleinik.
During today‘s UFC media day in Saint Petersburg, Alistair talked with the media and gave his thoughts about the upcoming fight against Alexey Oleinik on his territory. “The Demolition Man” was very respectful towards Oleinik but, at the end of the day, promised to stop him within 2 rounds.
“It will not be five rounds,” - Overeem said. “It will be maybe two rounds. “I consider him a friend. He’s a great guy. We had good rounds. I will not talk smack because I like Aleksei. He’s a cool guy. He’s a veteran of the sport. Long limbs, long arms, very tricky submission game - he’s tough. He’s top-10, and there’s a lot of experience there. He has over 50 fights, so it will be a great fight.
“I think people know of what can happen, but it’s a moment of weakness, a moment of not paying attention, and then it’s too late. I think he can disguise them really well, his submissions. I’ve got to fight, my fight, and then it will be fine.”
It stands to mention that Alistair Overeem is coming off a huge KO victory over another Russian, UFC heavyweight Sergei Pavlovich, the bout with whom took place last November in the co-main event of UFC Beijing.
Recall that Alistair Overeem was initially preparing for top UFC heavyweight title contender Alexander Volkov, but the latest pulled out of the scheduled UFC Saint Petersburg fight and instead grappling veteran Alexey Oleinik with a sum of 45 submission victories stepped in.