Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem is a former UFC Heavyweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 47-wins, 19-losses, and 1-no contest. Overeem is a former DREAM, Strikeforce Heavyweight champion, and K-1 Grand Prix champion. He is currently signed with Glory as a kickboxer.
Alistair Overeem started his combat sports journey as a kickboxer at age 17. He started competing in 1997 and turned professional in 1999 at a Thaiboxing Event against Paul Hordijk. Overeem won the fight via unanimous decision and joined with K-1. He fought once in 2001 and 2004 and lost both times via KO/TKO. Overeem had his next kickboxing fight in 2007 at Ultimate Glory 3 against Jurgen Dolch. He won via 1st round KO and then KO'ed Badr Hari before entering the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2009.
Overeem lost the opening round fight to Remy Bonjasky but qualified for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Finals via fan vote. Alistair secured an upset unanimous decision victory over Peter Aerts and a KO victory in the quarterfinals against Ewerton Teixeira but lost in the semi-finals to Badr Hari.
He returned to compete in the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix and went on a rampage as he defeated the likes of Dzevad Poturak, Ben Edwards, Tyron Spong, and Gokhan Saki en route to reaching the finals, where he fought Peter Aerts in a 2009 Grand Prix rematch. Unlike their first fight, Overeem utterly decimated Aerts and TKO'ed him in 67 seconds to win the Grand Prix.
Following this, Overeem did not sign with any kickboxing promotion until 2021, when he signed a multi-deal contract with Glory.
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Alistair Overeem made his MMA debut in 1999 at Its Showtime: Its' Showtime against Ricardo Fyeet. Overeem won the fight via guillotine choke submission in the first round.
He lost his next fight against Yuriy Kochkine via majority decision. He bounced back to garner a 3-fight win streak before losing to Yuriy Kochkine again and then getting KO'ed by Bobby Hoffman at Rings: Millennium Combine 2. Alistair rallied back from the losing streak to amass a 6-fight win streak that led to him signing with Pride FC in 2002.
Overeem won his Pride debut fight against Yusuke Imamura inside 1-minute via TKO. He followed it by entering and winning the 2H2H Heavyweight Tournament and continued his momentum by winning his next 2 Pride fights before getting KO'ed by Chuck Liddell at the PRIDE 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal. He regained his winning ways by defeating Tomohiko Hashimoto at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003.
He got his first title fight against Rodney Glunder for the 2H2H Light Heavyweight Championship. Overeem won the fight via first-round submission. He went 1-1 in his next 2-fights at Pride FC before entering the PRIDE 20005 Middleweight Grand Prix. Overeem had initial success in the Grand Prix as he won his fights against Vitor Belfort and Igor Vovchanchyn. He failed to continue this momentum as he got TKO'ed by Mauricio Rua in the semifinal fight. He moved up to heavyweight after the loss and picked up victories over Sergei Kharitonov and Nikolajus Cilkinas, followed by entering the PRIDE 2006 Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he lost to Fabricio Werdum in the opening round.
Alistair fought his first fight in Strikeforce in 2006 at Strikeforce: Revenge against Vitor Belfort in a rematch that Overeem won via unanimous decision. After the victory, he returned to Pride to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at Pride Critical Countdown Absolute. Overeem had initial success in the fight but lost in the second round via TKO (corner stoppage). Overeem struggled to recover from the loss as he lost 3 of his next 4-fights before returning to Dream and Strikeforce in 2007.
He faced Paul Buentello in his return fight at Strikeforce for the inaugural Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship. Overeem finished Paul in the second round to capture the belt and then won 2-fights in Dream before having a No-Contest against Mirko Cro Cop due to Overeem connecting with 2- groin knee strikes. Alistair went on a tear after the No-Contest and won 7-fights in a row before signing with the UFC in 2011.
Alistair Overeem made his UFC debut at UFC 141 against Brock Lesnar. Overeem outclassed Lesnar and finished him in the first round via body kick and punches to get a title shot for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Junior dos Santos. Overeem was later pulled out of the fight after he failed the NSAC drug test.
He returned at UFC 156 to fight Antonio Silva and got KO'ed in the third round. Overeem next fought Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26, and just like the Silva fight, Overeem was initially on top but lost via TKO. Overeem returned to the win column in his next fight at UFC 167, where he defeated Frank Mir via unanimous decision. Alistair lost the next fight via first-round TKO(punches) by Ben Rothwell.
Overeem bounced back from the defeat and went on a 4-fight win streak to earn a title shot for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Stipe Miocic. Overeem dropped Miocic at the beginning of the fight but failed to finish him and got KO'ed in the last minute of the first round. Alistair next defeated Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum and then fought Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 who, KO'ed him in 92 seconds with an iconic uppercut.
Alister continued his trend of producing mixed results as he went 4-3 in his last 7-fights for the UFC with, his last fight being a second-round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov.
Alistair Overeem's current record stands at 47-19. He left MMA in 2021
Alistair Overeem's last fight was against Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov. Overeem lost the fight via second-round TKO(punches).
Below is the professional MMA record of Alistair Overeem: