ALISTAIR OVEREEM

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Alistair Overeem
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Vital Statistics
Full Name Alistair Cees Overeem
Nick Name The Demolition Man
Reach
Record 35 - 11 - (1nc) (Win - Loss - Draw)
Wins 14 (T)KO (40%)
19 submission (54.2%)
2 decision (5.8%)
Loses 6 (T)KO (54.5%)
2 submission (18.1%)
3 decision (27.4%)
Association Golden Glory
Height 6'5"" (195.58cm)
Weight 260 poundslbs (117.93kg)
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Birth May 17, 1980
City Houndslow
Country England

Alistair Overeem Profile

Born in England to a Jamaican father and Dutch mother, Alistair Overeem began training at an Amsterdam gym when he was 15 years old. The reasons he began training now seem slightly comical—his older brother Valentijn wanted him to be able to defend himself from school bullies. From this modest start Overeem has become one of the most feared and accomplished professional fighters in the world.

Overeem made his professional debut at 19 fighting for the 'It's Showtime' promotion in Holland. He would compete for a couple of years in a variety of promotions before making his PRIDE debut in 2002. He would become one of the marquee names for the legendary Japanese fighting promotion, though he had his ups and downs from a competitive standpoint. One of the raps on Overeem is that he has sometimes appeared unfocused and disinterested, which is the primary reason he has 11 losses on his resume. In all fairness, however, his losses have come to a very high level of opposition. He is the current heavyweight champion of the Strikeforce MMA promotion, though after their recent assimilation by UFC parent Zuffa LLC its unclear what the future status of that championship will be.

A physically imposing presence at 6'5”, Overeem is also very technically skilled. In addition to his MMA accomplishments he has simultaneously competed in kickboxing at the highest levels. In 2010 he won the K-1 World Grand Prix tournament in Japan and became the first fighter in history to hold that prestigious title and a MMA championship at the same time. Overeem has been determined to compete in both MMA and kickboxing, and promoters demands of exclusivity have been a negotiation sticking point in the past.