Alistair Overeem wants to run it back with Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Fresh off a TKO victory against Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 this past Saturday, May 16, Overeem already has his mind on someone else. The 40-year-old is seeking revenge against Rozenstruik, who he lost to by knockout in the last four seconds of their UFC on ESPN 7 main event in December 2019.
Overeem led on all the scorecards going into the fifth round. During the The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM Monday, May 18, “The Demolition Man” said he wants a rematch.
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“That guy got lucky,” Overeem said to Thomas.
“I would love to run it back with him because again, if I fight him again, I am going to finish him, 100 percent.”
The loss to Rozenstruik ended a two-fight win streak for Overeem. To this day, Overeem still disagrees with the stoppage by referee Dan Miragliotta.
According to Overeem, he thought he won the bout. It wasn’t till after the contest he realized he lost by knockout.
“In my opinion, it was a wrong stoppage. The ref should have never jumped in and when he jumped in, there was zero seconds left,” Overeem said. “I actually had thought it was the end of the fight because I remember the click at the last 10 seconds and then I got dropped, straight back to my feet and then it was over. I was like, ‘Shit, they stopped it? TKO?’”
Rozenstruik suffered his first career defeat to Francis N’Gannou at UFC 249 on May 9. Former title challenger Francis N’Gannou put Rozenstruik away 20 seconds into the first round.
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