Every interview with Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem saw him looking ahead to what was to be a future title fight with Cain Velasquez. Overeem made it clear when he stepped in the cage with Antonio Silva on Saturday night that he had no respect for the Brazilian, and that ended up being his downfall.
Alistair Overeem fought a very technical fight, winning the first two rounds. The first round saw Reem feel out his Brazilian counterpart, muscling him around the cage, showing no respect as he held his chin high and his hands low. Silva was unable to capitalize on the lack of defense, for the time being.
The second round showed more of the same, only Overeem showed what many pundits proclaimed he lack, a ground game. Overeem took Silva down and held him down the majority of the round before Herb Dean stood the two. Following a brief clinch, the round ended.
Shortly into the third, Silva put together a huge combination on the K-1 WGP champ and had him stunned against the cage. After another wicked combo, Overeem crumbled, his title shot along with him. Silva was held back from further beating the unconscious Overeem until finally settling down and coming to his senses.
The loss spells the end of what has been the most dominant reign by a heavyweight over the past four years. While all is not lost, Overeem will likely find himself in a situation that lands him at least two fights out of a title shot.
Silva, meanwhile, is in an interesting situation. Having been dominated by both Daniel Cormier and Fabricio Werdum, the Brazilian could find himself in a rematch with Werdum if he were to win his next fight, or a fight with Junior Dos Santos.