The UFC has released MMA champion Champion Alistair Overeem from contract less than a month after his most recent knockout loss in the octagon.
Several people with knowledge of Overeem’s release confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following an initial report from TSN Sports, which added the former K-1, Strikeforce and DREAM champ’s name to a short heavyweight list that included ex-champ Junior Dos Santos. Overeem was recently removed from the UFC standings where he stood at No. 7, indicating a change in contract status.
A kickboxing expert and guillotine specialist, Overeem, 40, adjusted his tactics to use the full range of his skills instead of standing and swallowing it out with any enemy. If it weren’t for a last-second punch, he would have made a decision home over the highest-ranked heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December 2019. All of his UFC losses came through TKO or KO.
In recent months, the UFC has released dozens of fighters with UFC President Dana White confirming as many as 60 fighters on the chopping block. A precious talent due to the starting point as a high profile acquisition and headliner, Overeem’s prospect of release increased with time and loss.
Despite his setback against Volkov, Overeem hinted afterwards that he would continue to fight on after resting his body. His next move is now a question mark.
One possibility, Bellator MMA, is currently appearing off the table with President Scott Coker – his former promoter in the now defunct Strikeforce – interested in maintaining the current list of fighters, he told MMA Fighting.