Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

After a storied career in MMA, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem returns to his kickboxing roots, the sport he began his combat sports career in. 

On Tuesday morning, Overeem posted a cryptic video on his Instagram account that featured him in a dark setting unwrapping the UFC gloves from his hands. Followers of the sport know that Overeem’s release from the UFC was recently announced in the aftermath of his TKO loss to fellow UFC heavyweight Alexander Volkov. 

With the video raising the interest of the MMA community, many thought that the video could have meant the end for Overeem’s career. However, later in the day he posted a follow-up video, in which he can be seen putting on kickboxing gloves, plastered with the word ‘Glory’ across it, representing the notorious kickboxing organisation.

The release of this video was accompanied by the announcement from Ariel Helwani that Overeem had signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion. He looks to commit to the combat sport in which he started. At the age of 17, he competed in his first kickboxing bout in K-1 G, coming out of the contest victorious.

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Twenty four years later, Overeem has had competed in over eighty combat sports contests since. Many reacted to his most recent loss in combat sports negatively. Suggestions of retirement arose within the comment sections on social media posts with the fans arguing that “The Demolition Man” had nothing left to prove. Nevertheless, fan reception has been positive in response to Overeem’s announcement.

After a decade since his last kickboxing bout, Overeem will return to the Glory ring. Though Overeem’s debut hasn’t been confirmed in terms of his opponent or returning date, it is expected to take place before the year concludes.

By Mike Cutler-Methven

I’m a young man writing out of the South-East of England who has been interested in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts since I spontaneously began training four years ago. I am 18 years old and aspire to be involved in media production in the near feature.