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Overeem is entering a new phase in his career after he announced he would be signing a multi-year deal with GLORY Kickboxing.
The former K-1 World Grand Prix Champion is returning to his kickboxing roots after 10 years, helping usher in the new age of GLORY.
In 2020, the kickboxing giant filed for bankruptcy and CEO Marshall Zelaznik was forced to resign. After a year full of turmoil, GLORY seems to have settled into their new receivership and has since bounced back. With Overeem on their roster, they are once again at the forefront of kickboxing.
For Overeem, this is a transition into the later stages of his fighting career. At age 41, he is on a mission to show everyone that he is not done fighting.
“I love the fight and I still think that I have a few fights left in me,” said Overeem in an interview with Ariel Helwani, “I have some unfinished business here.”
Back in February, Alistair Overeem was riding a two-fight win streak into his bout with Alexander Volkov. His streak ended that fateful night, however, after Volkov won in the second round by TKO. Overeem’s record dropped to 12-8 as a result.
Shortly following his loss, Overeem announced his release after 10 years in the UFC. This caught the UFC world by surprise, as he still had several fights left in his contract.
“I did not think that would be the last time I would walk into an octagon,” said Overeem in an interview with ESPN. “I understand that they wanted to freshen up their roster… I’m getting older. I totally understand.”
Now he’s back in the game with GLORY, and with that comes a whole new set of challenges and expectations to take on.
Good Move or Bad Move?
Alistair Overeem is about to embark on a career defining path. He must deliver a title by the time his contract is up with GLORY. Overeem is a contender and he will look to claim the title, whether he will be successful in his attempt remains to be seen.
What we do know is that “The Demolition Man” is one of the most devastating strikers in the heavyweight division and that should not change as he transitions back.
Overeem is about to bring some serious heat against the best that GLORY has to offer.