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Alistair Overeem

Updated: 2010-12-02
Alistair Overeem


Country Holland Age 37
Club Golden Glory Height 195 cm / 6.4"
Style Muay Thai, Submission grappling Weight 110 kg / 243 lbs
Categories WGP


Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 11 7 5 4 0
Other Fights 45 33 32 11 1
Statistics 56 71% 66% 27% 1


Alistair Cees "Demolition Man" Overeem (born May 17, 1980) is a mixed martial arts fighter. He was one of the four semi-finalists at the PRIDE 2005 Middleweight (205lb) tournament, losing to Chute Boxe fighter Mauricio Rua. He also took part in PRIDE's Open-Weight Grand Prix, losing in the first round to Fabricio Werdum. Overeem has fought in PRIDE and Strikeforce, among others. Overeem has most recently signed a contract with K-1 HERO'S.


After posting a 10-3 record while fighting mostly in 2 Hot 2 Handle and Rings, Overeem first entered PRIDE in July 2002 defeating Yusuke Imamura via TKO in only 44 seconds. He returned to PRIDE in December (PRIDE 24-Cold Fury 3) to face Bazigit Atajev. Overeem gave Atajev his first, and currently only loss, in the end of round two with a knee to the body. His next PRIDE fight would come in June 2003 at PRIDE 26-Bad to the Bone where he defeated unexperienced Mike Bencic. Two months later, he fought in PRIDE's middle weight tournament, Total Elimination 2003, losing to Chuck Liddell. Overeem rebounded to defeat Tomohiko Hashimoto, at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye festival in December, in only 36 seconds. On October 31, 2004 he fought Hiromitsu Kanehara, defeating him by TKO (cut) part-way through the first round, at PRIDE 28-High Octane. He lost his next fight, at PRIDE 29-Fists of Fire, against Brazilian Top Team fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (twin brother of PRIDE Heavyweight fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira). Overeem competed again in PRIDE's middle weight tournament at Total Elimination 2005, defeating The Phenom, Vitor Belfort. He would move on to fight Igor Vovchanchyn, taking under two minutes to win by submission (guillotine choke). Overeem suffered another loss at Final Conflict 2005 to Mauricio Rua, who went on to defeat Ricardo Arona and win the tournament. In February 2006 Overeem fought Russian Top Team favorite Sergei Kharitonov. Overeem won the fight, dislocating Kharitonov's shoulder in the process, with knee strikes. Following his win Overeem fought Croatian kickboxer Sanjin Kadunc, submitting him in under two minutes with an armbar. With his win over Kharitonov, Overeem secured a spot in PRIDE's Open-Weight Grand Prix. He fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum. Werdum won in the second round with a kimura submission to move on to the second round. After his loss, Overeem went to San Jose, California to fight Vitor Belfort for a second time at the Strikeforce event Revenge. Despite being the main event, Overeem pulled out a decision win in a lackluster fight. A month later Overeem returned to PRIDE for a highly anticipated rematch with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, despite being injured coming into the fight. Early in the second round as Overeem stumbled from a punch, Rogerio Nogueira threw a flurry of punches. Worried Overeem would be more severely injured, his corner threw in the towel.

At PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute (September 10, 2006), he lost to Ricardo Arona. Overeem was on the receiving end of a leg-kick that caused a non-serious injury to his nerves, causing him to lose feeling in his foot and leg. Unable to mount an offense or defend against Arona, Overeem tapped out to avoid further injury.

He then suffered a knockout loss to Mauricio Rua at Pride 33, but returned in June 2007 with a submission win over Michael Knapp at K-1 Grand Prix in Amsterdam (the bout was fought under MMA rules).

On Sep. 17, 2007, at K-1 Hero's Middleweight GP Final Alistair faced Sergey Kharitonov who he had already defeated at PRIDE 31. Overeem showed dominant movement as soon as the first round began, but he suffered a KO loss just before the end of the first round.

On November 16, 2007, Overeem defeated Paul Buentello for the vacant Strikeforce heavyweight title by submission due to knee strikes.

On June 15, 2008 Overeem won by KO in the first round against Lee Tae-Hyun at DREAM.4

Most recently, Overeem defeated K-1 World Grand Prix 2001 champion Mark Hunt in the first round by submission at DREAM.5.

His next fight was against Mirko Filipović at DREAM.6 on September 23, 2008. After almost half of the first round which saw Overeem taking down Filipovic multiple times and effectively striking from the top position, cutting his Croatian foe, the bout was stopped and declared a no contest due to Alistair landing multiple knees to the groin of Filipovic.

Most recently Overeem faced Badr Hari, one of K-1's top contenders, under K-1 rules. He defeated Hari by way of knockout in the first round, achieving one of his most outstanding accomplishments to date.

In a recent 2008 interview, Overeem has stated that he would like to fight in the UFC in the near future. Overeem would ideally like a rematch in 2009 with Chuck Liddell to avenge his PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 knockout loss against him. Overeem was also seen at UFC 93 in Ireland talking to Dana White and indicating he is "ready" to fight in the UFC.


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Jacek (15 posts)
Posted: 2008-08-27 at: 03:10
He's really heavy :)
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2008-09-08 at: 06:25
@Jacek: lol, 240 kg.

I changed his weight to pounds instead of kg,´s so it´s correct now.
Mincuta' (19 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-18 at: 08:24
sorry for badr
thomas (19 posts)
Posted: 2009-03-20 at: 11:40
one of the bests
Aryo (18 posts)
Posted: 2010-02-10 at: 04:05
Better to continue MMA fights. This guy do not have kick-boxing fighting style.
mounssef (19 posts)
Posted: 2010-04-26 at: 08:11
@Aryo yes he have a perfect body but in fight I think he need the more experience
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