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Former UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem has signed a multi-fight contract with Glory Kickboxing, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
The 41-year-old Overeem held the heavyweight titles in the Strikeforce and DREAM MMA promotions before establishing himself as one of UFC’s top heavyweights from 2011-21.
Overeem’s most recent fight was a second-round technical knockout loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night in February.
In 69 career MMA fights, Overeem owns a 47-19 record with one no-contest. Of those 47 wins, 25 came by way of knockout and 17 were by submission.
In 20 UFC fights, Overeem went 12-8, picking up victories over big names such as Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson and Alexey Oleynik.
While the London native of Dutch descent never won the UFC heavyweight title, he did challenge Stipe Miocic for it at UFC 203 in 2016, losing by first-round knockout.
In the midst of his MMA career, Overeem also competed in professional kickboxing, going 10-4 with seven knockout wins.
He has not competed in kickboxing since 2010, but he won each of his final five bouts, including winning the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix tournament with a knockout triumph over Peter Aerts in the final.
Per Helwani, it isn’t clear when Overeem will debut for Glory or who he will face in his first fight, but he is expected to get in the ring “later this year.”
The 41-year-old veteran will immediately become one of Glory’s biggest and most recognizable stars given his MMA background and accomplishments.