Recently heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem did an interview with the Index and spoke about his recent fight with Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic. The interview has been translated by Betwwx for The MMA News. Here it is:
Overeem: Cro Cop is arrogant, thinks he’s a superstar
“Tonight I was kicking his ass, I destroyed him. The first knee was in the crotch but the second was not. CroCop just didn’t want to fight anymore.”
Two weeks have passed since their much anticipated Dream 6 showdown. But instead of a clear result, we’ve got more questions then answers from the two combatants. We have managed to track down the Alistair Overeem for an exclusive interview with Index.hr.
Why do you have such hatred for Mirko? Has it become personal for you?
A.O: I truly believe that Mirko is very arrogant person. He thinks he is a superstar. We’re all equals in this sport and the important thing is that we stay respectful and be modest. I highly value respect and modesty in a person.
However it was you that began disrespecting Mirko first.
A.O: Yes that is true. He fought an very easy opponent at Dream 1 however the entire time he claimed he wanted to fight only the best. I thought it was important to declare my desire to fight him publicly and openly to the Dream officials and fans.
Do you think Mirko is ducking you?
A.O: I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see if he’ll hide again as he has in the past or step up for the revenge at NYE event.
Cro Cop says he’s the better fighter and that would his superior technique would have given him the victory in the end?
A.O: He can say what ever he wants, I don’t want to continue with the same dialogue. Just tell him I’ve got a big surprise waiting for him at NYE.
You’ve gained over 15 kilo’s in a very short period of time, conditioning has been your biggest problem to date. Part of Mirko’s game plan in part was to drag you into a long battle and to expose your stamina.
That’s totally false. My new size will not hinder me in the least. I don’t have any issues with stamina or conditioning. The new mass has made me stronger and has only improved me as a fighter.
In the first fight Cro Cop wasn’t able to use his famous left leg. What do you put that down to?
“Its very simple. I’m not scared of his left leg.” Concluded the smiling Overeem.