Overeem to Miočić: ‘That the wolf that is hungry is going to run a little bit faster’
Alistair Overeem will get his chance against Stipe Miocic and a title shot after nearly five years in the UFC on Sept. 10. He is to fight for the belt in Miočić’s hometown of Cleveland.
“I’m actually very excited about [fighting in Cleveland],” Overeem said during an appearance on The MMA Hour Monday. “Obviously 99 percent of the arena will be rooting for Stipe. But, you know what, it is what it is. And when I get my hand raised, I have my fans all over the world, but at that moment the crowd will be a little bit quiet. I look forward to that moment.”
He said he caught a glimpse of Miočić’s preoccupation while in Cleveland for a promotional visit, which happened to coincide with the Cavaliers victory parade.
“[There were] zero incidents [with Miočić], we were not together that much,” he said. “To be honest, I think Stipe’s a cool guy. I mean, we didn’t really talk that much. We’re going to compete against each other, and it’s strictly business. But on the other side, he’s been riding a real high. He’s the hero of Cleveland, he’s celebrating it, he got married, he’s partying.
“But yeah, I got one message. That the wolf that is hungry is going to run a little bit faster than the wolf that is sitting on top of the mountain chilling who has his belly full. That’s a little bit what I’m seeing here. Yeah he’s enjoying the life, he’s enjoying the high, but I’ve been working. After Arlovski I went right back in the gym and I’m just working, working. Working for that date, which is coming up Sept. 10.”
When asked how he envisioned the fight ending on Sept. 10, the former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion said: “Two or three rounds, knockout.”