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"The Demolition Man"

Alistair Overeem

47Wins19Losses1No Contest

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Win Rate
70 %
Finish Rate
89 %
Decision Win %
63 %

Alistair Overeem

6' 4 (193 cm)
80 in. (6' 8/203 cm)
United Kingdom
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Joaquim Valente, Gui Valente and Pedro Valente
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Overeem was born in Hounslow, England, to a Jamaican father and a Dutch mother, whose family tree connects him to King William III of the Netherlands. As a child, Overeem started training martial arts with his older brother Valentijn in order to defend himself from bullying. He decided to pursue a competitive sports career by his brother's example, first in judo and later track and field and basketball. At the age of 15, he followed Valentijn into Chris Dolman's mixed martial arts gym to become a professional fighter. Alistair initially did not like the sport, as he was routinely beaten by more experienced students, but he changed his mind when he met Bas Rutten and Joop Kasteel, after which he fully dedicated himself to training.
Combat Approach
Overeem is considered one of the most well-rounded heavyweights in the sport, though he is mainly known for his excellence and power in the striking field. A kickboxer of the Dutch school of Muay Thai decorated in K-1 world tournaments, Overeem favours kicks to the body and legs and knee strikes from the clinch, which have been described as "devastating." On the grappling field, Overeem is universally known for his usage of the guillotine choke, a simple technique he uses to great effect thanks to his strength and height.
Fighter Trivia
The incident ended with five bouncers having to go urgently to the hospital and Alistair being forced to turn down a title fight due to a hand injury gained in the brawl. Not arrested but summoned to court, Overeem was charged with misdemeanor battery and faced a maximum of six months in the Clark County Detention Center and a fine up to $1,000. On 28 March 2012, Overeem was given a 90-day county jail sentence that would be suspended depending on the completion of 50 hours of community service and anger management.

Awards & Accolades

  • K-1: K-1 2009 World Grand Prix (Third place)
  • K-1: K-1 2010 World Grand Prix (Champion)
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (One time) vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Stipe Miocic
  • Strikeforce: Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)
  • Strikeforce: One successful title defence
  • PRIDE Fighting Championships: 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
  • DREAM: DREAM Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)
  • 2 Hot 2 Handle: 2H2H Light heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • 2 Hot 2 Handle: 2H2H Light heavyweight Tournament Winner
  • World MMA Awards: 2010 International Fighter of the Year
  • World MMA Awards: 2011 International Fighter of the Year
  • Sherdog: 2010 All-Violence Second Team
  • Sherdog: 2015 All-Violence Third Team
  • MMADNA.nl: 2018 Dutch Fighter of the Year.
  • ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship: 2005 ADCC European Trials -98.9 kg Winner

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