BREAKING: Former UFC Star Alistair Overeem to Fight for the Heavyweight Title Against Rico Verhoeven at GLORY: Collision 3

Published 08/23/2021, 10:46 PM EDT


Alistair Overeem is one of the most decorated mixed martial artists to have ever competed in the UFC. ‘The Reem’ was a champion in almost every organization he competed in. However, UFC gold always eluded him. Following his release from the UFC, ‘The Reem’, who signed with GLORY kickboxing, will fight for gold in his first bout. 

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Recent reports suggest Overeem will take on Rico Verhoeven for the heavyweight title at GLORY: Collision 3. The event will take place on Oct. 23 at GelreDome, a 34,000-seat stadium in Arnhem, Netherlands. Many consider Overeem’s opponent, Verhoeven, to be one of the best heavyweight kickboxers of all time. Verhoeven, currently on an impressive 14-fight win streak, has an overall record of 58-10. 

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A look back at Alistair Overeem’s career with the UFC 

Alistair Overeem is a former Strikeforce, DREAM, K-1 heavyweight champion. ‘The Reem’ has to this day, competed in several promotions and has more often than not climbed to the very top in the said organization. 

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‘The Demolition Man’ made his UFC debut at UFC 141 against Brock Lesnar. He stopped Lesnar in the very first round to secure an impressive debut win. After the win over Lesnar, Overeem won just one of his next four fights. However, ‘The Reem’ went on a tear after that. From December 2014 to May 2016, Overeem won four straight fights, three via stoppages. This set up a title shot against Stipe Miocic.

Unfortunately for ‘The Reem’, he came up short against Miocic in his maiden UFC title shot and never competed for UFC gold again. Following the loss, Overeem managed to put together a few good wins. Unfortunately, he always faltered at the very last fight, which would have given him another title shot. 

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Irrespective, Overeem remains, to this day, one of the most experienced and accomplished mixed martial artists ever. It will be interesting to see how he fares against Rico Verhoeven in his new venture at Glory. 

What do you make of Alistair Overeem’s legacy in the sport? Will he win the belt in October? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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