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Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem is famous for being a mixed martial artist and kickboxer. Alistair Overeem is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, and Dream Interim Heavyweight Championship.

Early life

On May 17, 1980, Alistair Cees Overeem was born in Hounslow, Greater London, England. As of now, he is 43 years old. He belongs to Dutch and British nationality and mixed ethnicity (Jamaica and Dutch). He was born to his mother Clair Overeem and his father’s name is still not known. Additionally, he has a brother named Valentijn Overeem.

When he was 6 his parents separated and moved to the Netherlands with his mother and brother. Previously, he competed in judo, track and field, and basketball. His brother took him to an MMA gym to learn to defend himself. Unfortunately, he has chosen not to reveal any details about his educational background.

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Caption: Alistair Overeem with his family. Source: Instagram

Alistair Overeem – Career

For almost 22 years now, Alistair Overeem has been around mixed martial arts. He started fighting in the Pride Fighting Championships circuit, in the early 2000s. In addition, for the next 9 years, he would alternate between the Pride and Strikeforce circuits. Moreover, he was seen competing in championship bouts for Dream and Dynamite. In mid-2011, he was released from the contracts after a wage dispute with Strikeforce. Eventually, the conflict was settled.

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Caption: Alistair Overeem during his match. Source: Instagram

In 2006, he was given a new contract and he agreed to fight with Strike Force. At Strike Force, he defeated Vitor Belfort on a majority decision in his debut fight. When he entered the fight, he had a heavily taped neck. Therefore, he dominated the first and a half rounds with his striking.  Thus, he was knocked down by a jab, and Nogueira countered with a barrage of strikes.

Moving on, he lost another bout to Mauricio Rua at Pride 33. Later on, in July 2007, he bounced back with a submission victory. It was over Michael Knaap at the K-1 Grand Prix in Amsterdam. Similarly, the fight was fought under MMA rules. Then, he returned to Strikeforce to beat Paul Buentello. It was for the vacant Strikeforce heavyweight championship. And also submission due to knee strikes on November 16, 2007. On June 15, 2008, he went on to defeat Lee Tae-Hyun by KO in the first round at DREAM 4.

More about career

On July 21, 2008, at Dream 5: lightweight Grand Prix 2008 he defeated K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Mark Hunt. Hence, he went on to defend his title multiple times. Besides, he earned a call-up to the UFC. Besides that, he made his UFC debut in a big way. Thus, he took on former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in his first fight.

Successfully, he made company history and continued his upward trajectory. He received a title shot against Stipe Miocic a few years later, but he lost. Also, he was pitted against Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who took over for Walt Harris, in 2019. Additionally, he is known for his skill in the striking department.

Failed drug test

He was set to face UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146, on May 26, 2012. On April 4, 2012, The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) made the announcement. It was said that he had failed his pre-fight drug test. Thus, he had a testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 14 to 1. Also, it was higher than the permitted ratio of 6-to-1. One day before he met with NSAC, he issued a prepared statement to the media. It was claimed that the positive drug test result was due to a doctor-prescribed.

Thus, the appeal was rejected, and the NSAC unanimously decided to deny Overeem’s application status for nine months, beginning on March 27, the day of his drug test. He was allowed to re-apply after this period had passed, in December 2012. The net worth of Alistair Overeem is $10 million.

Alistair Overeem – Personal life

Alistair Overeem is already married to Zelina Bexander. Previously, they were in a long-term relationship and were engaged in the year 2011. His wife served as office support and Administration for AkzoNobel. They have daughters named Yazz-Ley and Storm Overeem. There were rumors spread, that he and Andrei Arlovski were to fight in UFC Rotterdam.

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Caption: Alistair Overeem with his wife and children. Source: Instagram

Alistair Overeem – Body measurement

Alistair is good-looking and stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. Also, his body weight is 120 kg but his body measurements are not known. Furthermore, he has both black eyes and black hair color.

Social media

He has an Instagram account named @AlistairOvereem with 1.1 million followers. On his Facebook account, he has 134k followers. He joined Twitter in December 2009 with an account named @AlistairOvereem and has 492.6k followers.