I feel like Overeem is getting a lot of love simply because he is an absolute specimen physically and this is a bodybuilding website. Lets be real - He wasn’t that impressive against Werdum (striking wise) and now he wants to fight the klitschkos? I dont know how well that would turn out for him. He may get a huge pay-day so that might be good for his wallet, but his MMA career would not be helped.
Overeem’s ground game is good, and much improved over the last few years, but a specialist like Barnett would destroy him on the ground. Barnett is big enough to get the fight off the feet and turn it into a catch wrestling match. Advantage: Barnett. [/quote]
He’s always had underrated ground game, and its better now then it has been in the past, as well as his TD defense.
The Werdum fight should not be used as an example of his standup technique. Im sure its hard for him to set anything up when you’re opponent literally shoots or pulls guard every 10 seconds, and its safe to say he wouldnt have been as relaxed with his defense if he was fighting someone who’s standup was at least somewhat respectable.
IMO he would frustrate Barnett, avoiding the TD for the most part, and winning the standup leading to a UD. Again, its not like Overeem’s ground game is just good, its enough to keep anyone at HW at bay. People need to look into some of his grappling competitions, like winning the European ADCC trials. This was BEFORE he exploded into a monster too.
Again, i would not at this point go so far as to say he is one of the best HW’s in the world at the moment, but if he fights with a good gameplan, takes an intelligent approach and puts it all together in the octagon, combined with his physical abilities, he has all the potential in the world.