BREAKING: Alistair Overeem Signs a Multi-Year Deal with GLORY Kickboxing After UFC Release

Published 06/09/2021, 1:19 AM EDT
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 19, 2019: Dutch MMA fighter Alistair Overeem during a weigh-in before his fight against Alexei Oleinik (not in picture) at UFC Fight Night 149 in Yubileiny Sports Centre. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)


Former UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem will make his return to kickboxing under the GLORY Kickboxing banner later this year. The Dutch kickboxer recently parted ways with the UFC after being with the organization for nearly a decade. He made his debut with the UFC in 2011 against Brock Lesnar and his return to kickboxing will surely be marked with another massive fight.

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The news of Alistair Overeem’s arrival into the ranks of GLORY Kickboxing came through an early report by ESPN. What’s more, fans caught wind of Overeem’s move through a series of posts he released on social media.

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The hype trailers definitely got the attention of fans who were wondering about what’s next for ‘The Reem’.

Alistair Overeem: A new chapter

Overeem’s credentials as a championship-level kickboxer speak for itself through his accomplishments in the sport. He won the K-1 Grand Prix by defeating ace kickboxers, Peter Aerts, Gokhan Saki, and Tyrone Spong, all in one night. When he entered the UFC, he was considered one of the best kickboxers to crossover in MMA.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 20: (L-R) Alistair Overeem of The Netherlands celebrates his TKO victory over Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Yubileyny Sports Palace on April 20, 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

As it stands, GLORY is the mainstay organization for kickboxing with champion Rico Verhoeven at the helm. Also, Badr Hari, Overeem’s former foe, will be waiting in the wings as well.

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Despite facing some adversity towards the end of his UFC run, Alistair Overeem remained a top contender, even on his way out. ‘The Demolition Man’ was 4-2 in his last six outings and was knocking on the door of another title shot. However, he’s had a rather drastic career change in the span of 6 months. Hence, as he gears up for a new beginning in a familiar setting, he will look to prove that he is not done.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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