The UFC has released multi-title MMA champion Alistair Overeem from his contract less than a month after his last knockout loss in the Octagon.
Several people with knowledge of Overeem’s release confirmed the news to MMA Fighting after an initial report from TSN Sports, which added the name of the former K-1 champion, Strikeforce and DREAM to a heavyweight shortlist that included the former champion. Junior Dos Santos. Overeem was recently removed from the UFC rankings, where he ranked No. 7, indicating a change in contract status.
Overeem’s tenure in the UFC, which began amid a court battle with his former management company, comes to an end after nearly a decade of fights in which he posted a 12-8 record. Overeem, a rising star and perennial heavyweight contender, turned the clock back multiple times despite repeated knockout losses. His most recent, against former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 18, came after a pair of bout victories against Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai.
A kickboxing expert and guillotine specialist, Overeem, 40, adjusted his tactics to use the full range of his abilities instead of standing up and fighting every enemy. Had it not been for a last-second punch, he would have taken home a decision over top-ranked heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December 2019. All of his losses in the UFC came by TKO or TKO.
In recent months, the UFC has released dozens of fighters with UFC President Dana White, confirming up to 60 fighters on the cutting board. A high-priced talent due to the starting point as a high-profile, headlining acquisition, Overeem’s launch prospects increased over time and losses.
Despite his setback against Volkov, Overeem later indicated that he would continue fighting after resting his body. Your next move is now a question mark.
One option, Bellator MMA, appears off the table for now with President Scott Coker, his former promoter at the now-defunct Strikeforce, interested in keeping the current roster of fighters, he told MMA Fighting.