Alistair Overeem announces return to kickboxing, signs with Glory
Very few combat sport athletes have a career as "complete" as Alistair Overeem. "The Demolition Man" has been a fixture of the fight world for seemingly forever, having made his professional kickboxing debut at age 17 in K-1 back in 1997 and competing in MMA not long after that. He has fought for almost every notable MMA organization: PRIDE, Strikeforce, DREAM, and eventually the UFC.
What makes Overeem's career so unique is that he was able to fight at a championship level with all of these organizations and reinvent himself multiple times over the course of two decades. However, it seems Overeem is finally calling it quits from MMA and is returning to his kickboxing roots.
Overeem's management team told ESPN that he has signed a multi-fight deal with Glory Kickboxing, with more details to be announced later.
Although Overeem was a kickboxer before transitioning to MMA, the Dutchman actually has far more MMA experience, having fought only 14 professional kickboxing bouts (posting a 10-4 record). This pales in comparison to his 67 professional MMA bouts.
Before his last fight in the UFC (a TKO loss to Alexander Volkov), Overeem was on an impressive run; winning four of five against stiff competition and making his case for a title shot at the ripe age of 41 years.