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Can Alistair Overeem Be Stopped?

Pat Barry doesn’t think so.

“The dude is a monster. That’s what I think. Not only is he humongous, (but) he’s extremely experienced. That’s what makes him the most dangerous. Not just the size, but he has so much experience in MMA and in kickboxing, and he’s a Dutch trained kickboxer. I was in Amsterdam for five years. I know what the Dutch train like out there. The dude is a monster. I don’t know how anyone is going to stop him any time soon… He doesn’t seem to get tired. All he needs to do is hit you one time. He’s fast, he’s athletic, and he’s strong as hell. He’s everything you need all in one body.”

I wouldn’t say Alistair Overeem is unstoppable yet, but he looks to be about the closest thing to it in Strikeforce these days. As impressive as he’s looked in recent years though, he still hasn’t fought a top-tier heavyweight. It’s one thing to crush the Brett Rogers’ and Todd Duffee’s of the world and quite another to take out the likes of Fabricio Werdum and Fedor Emelianenko. He may be bigger and stronger but what happens if Werdum catches him a triangle or Fedor blasts him with an overhand right?

Speaking of that nasty tournament bracket he’s in, Overeem doesn’t understand why Strikeforce set it up that way either.

“All the fighters in that tournament are good, so there are no easy fights,” he said. “I’m a little surprised about it, and I don’t know why this bracket is designed this way, but my job is to fight. I’m not picking opponents, so if that’s the way they made the bracket, so be it.”

“I can show the American fans that I’m the No. 1 fighter of Strikeforce,” he said. “Entering such a tournament is not only great for the MMA fans but also a great way to prove that I’m the best fighter in the world.”

Overeem’s right, he still has something to prove, but if he can run the table like he says he will, then I’d say he’s earned the “unstoppable” tag.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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