Although he recently suffered a third knockout loss in four octagon outings, Alistair Overeem is still not one to shy away from brash proclamations.
The former Strikeforce and K-1 champion is scheduled to meet Stefan Struve on Saturday night in Arizona, an opponent who has been away from the octagon for a significant period of time dealing with a heart condition. Medical issues aside, Overeem has little respect for Struve's striking and plans to put an end to the proceedings in 30 seconds.
"I'm really not that impressed by him," Overeem said on the UFC on FOX 13 "Road to the Octagon" special (via MMAJunkie.com). "I'm a striker, and I like to knock people out. I'm going to knock him out in the first 30 seconds."
While Overeem had maintained the notion that the UFC heavyweight title was always his top priority, he was reluctant to discuss it this time around, and preferred to focus solely on his short-term future.
"I know myself, I've had setbacks before, but I fight through them," Overeem said. "There are always going to be critical people. They have all the right to be critical. It's my right to not give a damn. You keep your back straight, chin on your chest, and do the best you can."
With that in mind, Overeem just wants to close out 2014 with his first knockout in almost three years.
"I can't wait until fight day. I am a striker and I do like to knock people out. I want to knock him out in the first 30 seconds. I'm a mean motherf-cker, and it's going to come out in the fight."
Transcription taken from MMAJunkie.com.