The former UFC heavyweight championship candidate has signed a multi-bout agreement with GLORY Kickboxing, where he will compete again later this year. Following an initial report from ESPN, sources close to the issue confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.GLORY chairman Pierre Andurand said in a release, “We are incredibly happy for Alistair Overeem to join GLORY.” “Alistair is one of the most accomplished and decorated heavyweights in history. Today is a momentous day for the sport and, more importantly, for GLORY fans, since there are several intriguing matches coming up that everyone will want to see.”
Overeem was once regarded as the best kickboxer in the world when he competed in K-1, where he battled a long list of legends such as Peter Aerts, Badr Hari, and Gokhan Saki. Overeem reached the peak of the sport in 2010 when he won the K-1 Grand Prix with three victories in a single night, including triumphs over Aerts, Saki, and Tyrone Spong. Overeem was still highly active in his mixed martial arts career at this time, fighting in a variety of promotions such as DREAM and Strikeforce. Following his victory in the K-1 Grand Prix, Overeem opted to devote his whole concentration to MMA, returning to Strikeforce and eventually joining the UFC roster.
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