Will the fifteenth time be the charm?

Alistair Overeem will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon when he faces Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 50, which is scheduled for Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Conn., on Sept. 5, 2014.

Overeem -- who is now 100-percent healthy -- recently returned to the win column at UFC 169 with a decision win over Frank Mir after suffering back-to-back losses to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne in 2013. He'll look to make it two straight wins when he faces "Big Ben," a fellow heavy-hitter who also seeks his second straight win.

But, unlike the Mir fight, Overeem says this fight won't go the distance, predicting a knockout victory on "The MMA Hour:"

"Knockout. It's not going to be a decision fight because Ben is not that type of guy. And I, in general, also am not that type of guy. Sometimes there are exceptions, but in general. I always go for the finish. Even in the Mir fight I was going for the finish, I'm just not going to be sloppy and gas myself out and get in danger of getting submitted. Even in the Frank Mir fight, he was trying to go for the submission all the way to the end, trying to lure me into making a mistake. I did not let that happen and I fought a little of a safe fight, but I was still going for the finish. I was still clocking him. Did you see his face? Look at the stats. You can't say I wasn't trying to knock him out."

Overeem will look to get that win as the newest member of the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One that "The Reem" says will help him make the necessary changes in his MMA game to keep winning.

After Overeem left The Blackzilians squad earlier this year, it prompted many of his now-former teammates to voice their displeasure at the striking Dutchmen's bad training habits and refusal to be a part of the team.

Words that Overeem said were unnecessary. In addition, he says "chemistry" (or lack thereof) is what lead to his departure. Good chemistry, however, is what Alistair is currently experiencing with his new teammates in New Mexico.

He explains:

"I think it has to do with chemistry. And chemistry has to do with mentality. Some people just mix better with other people. From the get go, and you're aiming at the Blackzilians I think, the mentality was different. The chemistry was not optimal. it's not their fault, it's not my fault, it's just the way it is. Sometimes you meet people and the chemistry is not all there, but your still a team. But when the training is not optimal, you're not going to get optimal results. I came her with a blank sheet and I am just myself. I've had my fair share of gyms, Yo u have to be realize, it takes tame, be yourself and there are other people in the gym. You observe and take it easy, the chemistry here, the people are more like me, the mentality of what I have, so it works. I'm more in my element."

He continues:

"I'm not going to lower myself to talk bad about those guys, it's just a waste of energy. I'm going to wish them luck in whatever they do. I'm going to focus on me, that's it. I was (disappointed) a little bit because it was unnecessary and it just aggravates negative vibes. We are all searching for the positive vibes. Let's just let bygones be bygones. Unfortunately, not everybody is that clever. So, yeah."

As far as his relationship with UFC president Dana White, Overeem says it's all positive vibes despite the head honcho's past comments accusing "Demolition Man" of using injuries as an excuse to hide from Junior dos Santos.

According to Overeem, White made those comments before he actually knew the severity of his injury. The former K-1 striker went on to say that he wants to face "JDS" after his Heavyweight showdown against "Big Ben."

But, he must first take care of business at UFC Fight Night 50, the FOX Sports 1 event that features a rematch between Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza in the main event of the evening, while Joe Lauzon is expected to make his return against Michael Chiesa in a fun Lightweight scrap.

To see the latest UFC Fight Night 50 card, click here.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Dana White interested in Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos next

  • 14 days ago
  • 6 views

UFC President Dana White suggested that Alistair Overeem’s next fight could be against former champion Junior dos Santos, if the Dutchman wants it. Following an impressive, albeit tentative, performa read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Dana White 'likes' Alistair Overeem vs Junior Dos Santos following UFC 185

  • 14 days ago
  • 16 views

Three years after they were officially scheduled to meet for the UFC title, could Overeem vs Dos Santos finally be coming to an Octagon near you? "How tough is Roy Nelson? Roy Nelson is not human. Th read news >>

UFC 184 results, photos: Accidental eye poke shuts down Roman Salazar vs. 'Kid' Yamamoto

  • 29 days ago
  • 14 views

LOS ANGELES – It was not likely the way Norifumi Yamamoto wanted to come back after a layoff in excess of 1,000 days.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 184 live analysis (Yahoo Sports)

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

From Yahoo Sports: Follow along live as UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defends her title against fellow undefeated fighter Cat Zingano. read news >>

UFC 184 prelims results: Lewis, Means pick up TKO wins

  • 29 days ago
  • 4 views

Derrick Lewis and Tim Means scored TKO victories in their respective UFC 184 preliminary card bouts. Derrick Lewis and Tim Means didn't need the full fifteen minutes to get the job done in their UFC read news >>

UFC 184 results, photos: Tim Means looks 'Dirty' good in first-round TKO of Dhiego Lima

  • 29 days ago
  • 5 views

LOS ANGELES – Tim Means took very little time to make a statement against Dhiego Lima, stopping his opponent with strikes at 2:17 of the first round.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 184 results: Derrick Lewis ground-and-pounds way to win over Ruan Potts

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

Derrick Lewis' flaws are probably going to keep him from becoming a serious heavyweight contender. But woe be to the opponent who finds himself on the wrong end of "The Black Beast's" heavy hands. Le read news >>

UFC 184 results, photos: Derrick Lewis blasts Ruan Potts for second-round TKO

  • 29 days ago
  • 11 views

LOS ANGELES – Ruan Potts didn’t have much to offer Derrick Lewis, who was able to take his time in the second round for a convincing TKO.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 184 live analysis (Yahoo Sports)

  • 29 days ago
  • 19 views

From Yahoo Sports: Follow along live as UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey defends her title against fellow undefeated fighter Cat Zingano. read news >>