Free Agent Alistair Overeem Remains With UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
February 15th, 2016

UFC Alistair Overeem

On Monday, heavyweight Alistair Overeem (pictured) announced via Twitter that he has signed a contract extension to remain with the UFC.

As customary with MMA contracts, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the UFC typically signs veterans to at least four-fight agreements.

Overeem entered free agency in December by posting a TKO victory over Junior dos Santos. It was “the Demolition Man’s” third consecutive win. The 35-year-old was given the option of heading into the scrap with job security, but instead of accepting the UFC’s contract extension at the time, Overeem decided to roll the dice knowing that a highlight reel win against the former champ would increase his negotiating power.

Earlier this month, there were rumblings that Overeem was inching closer to rejoining forced with Scott Coker now that he’s president of Bellator MMA. The two enjoyed some success together while at Strikeforce.

This isn’t the first time a coveted Overeem has joined the UFC. He was MMA’s hottest free agent back in June 2011, and after an arduous negotiation period was finally able to hammer out a deal to come to the big leagues.

Things got off to a rocky start for Overeem in the UFC, however. After beating Brock Lesnar to secure a heavyweight title tilt against then-champ dos Santos, Overeem flunked a random drug test for elevated levels of testosterone and was banned nine months. He dropped three of four bouts upon his return.

On the strength of three straight victories, Overeem has once again put himself back in UFC title contention.

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