Despite Shaky Start, Overeem and UFC Agree to Terms on New Deal

Published on February 15th, 2016 8:17 pm EST

One of the highest profile free agents of the year, Alistair Overeem, elected to re-sign with the UFC earlier today.

There was a thought that Overeem might head over to Bellator, where he has some history with Scott Coker. In the end, however, the UFC's deal was too good and Overeem elected to re-sign with the company.

Overeem was brought in by the UFC to much fanfare a few years ago. Overeem looked like a monster in his first fight with the promotion, easily dispatching of former Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the first round. Lesnar was so easily beaten that he elected to retire from mixed martial arts competition immediately following his loss.

Overeem, however, ended up testing positive for heightened levels of testosterone. This would cost him a shot at the title, as he was slated to square off against Junior dos Santos, who was the champion at the time. Overeem would go through a rough stretch after that, suffering knockouts against the likes of Antonio Silva and Travis Browne. Overeem, who was seen as a likely future champion in the UFC, was now in very really danger of being cut.

Overeem made a big change when he decided to start training in Albuquerque with Greg Jackson. The move has paid off for Overeem, as he has won his last three fights in a row and is now within a win of a shot at the title. Overeem also managed to end a long feud in his last fight after he knocked out Junior dos Santos in the second round of their tilt.

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Overeem will be fighting on the UFC's upcoming card in Rottendam, Amsterdam, though an opponent hasn't been named as of yet. Possible opponents would likely include Travis Browne or even Cain Velasquez.

It goes without saying that another victory for Overeem will likely see him fighting for the title. All in all, this is quite a remarkable turnaround for the man who is nicknamed the "Demolition Man".


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