Alistair Overeem Announces Retirement From the UFC After 2 Fights

Alistair Overeem Announces Retirement From the UFC After 2 Fights

Alistair Overeem is one of the most decorated heavyweights to have ever graced the UFC octagon. “The Demolition Man” is a true veteran of the game in all aspects. But, the Dutch fighter feels he is still on a learning curve and is evolving every fight.

He also recognized that at 40 years of age, his fighting days are numbered. He believes that he has only a couple more fights left in him as he chases the UFC heavyweight gold- the only title that has eluded him in his illustrious career.

The crafty veteran tweeted, I’m still improving: even at 40, I think you can clearly see that in my fights. I’m still on a learning curve. But I have to be realistic. I’m going to have a couple more fights, then I’m going to hang up the gloves. If I win the belt, then the mission is completed #onefinalrun“.

Alistair Overeem has had an illustrious career

Overeem has been a champion in every organization he has fought in except for the UFC. He is a former Strikeforce and DREAM heavyweight champion. He is also a former K-1 World Grand Prix champion. Having made his mark in both the kickboxing and MMA world, ‘The Demolition Man’ has had a career full of accolades. Now, he is looking to make one final run at Stipe Miocic’s belt.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 16: Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands reacts after his TKO victory over Walt Harris in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Since his last-second KO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Overeem has got back-to-back stoppage wins over Augusto Sakai and Walt Harris. He still has the ability to hang in against the division’s elite and can knock anybody out on his day.

Overeem formerly realized his title shot back in 2016, against champion Stipe Miocic. Miocic won the bout via a first-round KO. The Dutchman’s chin has deteriorated over the years, and his ability to absorb a shot is under question. It is understandable that Overeem only has a couple more fights left in him. But, he is looking to make most of what’s left in him as a fighter.

With gold in his sights, “The Demolition Man” will be looking to continue his impressive run when he steps next inside the octagon against Alexander Volkov in 2021.

Will ‘The Demolition Man’ be able to live his dream of wearing UFC gold?

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