Alistair Overeem wants to fight in Croatia before his career is over, the UFC star told a press conference after beating Brazil’s Augusto Sakai in the UFC Fight Night main event in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The fifth-round win means the 40-year-old has won four of his last five fights, keeping him in the hunt for the UFC heavyweight title.
After the fight, Overeem was asked how long he will keep fighting for.
“One, two years, maybe three,” he said, adding that another win will put him in the hunt for a title fight.
Overeem, who has 47 career wins, was then asked where were the top three places he wants to fight in.
“Japan, Korea, Brazil…Croatia, lot of fans in Croatia, and then, of course, the Netherlands,” he said.
Overeem is a regular visitor to Croatia and was holidaying there this summer. During his latest visit, the former Dream, Strikeforce, and K-1 world champion paid his respects to one of the greatest Croatian fighters by visiting the grave of Branko Cikatić in Solin.
Overeem had the opportunity to get to know Cikatić, who was nicknamed ‘The Croatian Tiger’ and he spent time with Cikatić’s wife Ivana and kids Bruno and Lucia as they visited his grave together.
“What an unbelievable legend we have lost. Rest In Peace Branko Cikatic. It was an honor to have known you. My heart goes out to Ivana, Lucia and Bruno. From the last K1 – to the first K1 champion. Osu,” Overeem said at the time.