Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/8/14
BOSTON -- When we last saw Alistair Overeem he was slumped on the ground, his body beaten, his mind scrambled, his opponent standing over him. The image of "Bigfoot" Silva being forcibly restrained by referee Herb Dean is one of the indelible moments of 2013, as much for what Silva did as for what Overeem did not do. In a matchup he was supposed to win, that he was owning, he not only lost, he was knocked cold, a victim, many believed, of his own arrogance. As he crashed to the ground, it seemed, so too did his draw, his allure as the heir to the UFC heavyweight crown. For the longest time, he was it, the answer to the question of who would crack the 1-2 punch of Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. Fighting independently of the UFC system, Overeem held a certain fascination, created his own gravitational pull. The people on the outside claimed him as their own; those on the inside had to wonder if he was better than their guys. It was under that backdrop that he entered the octag...
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