‘The final run has come to an end’
Alistair Overeem revealed absolutely nothing however grace in his very first remarks considering that his UFC release.
Overeem (47-19 Mixed Martial Arts, 12-8 UFC) was cut from the UFC lineup Wednesday in a relocation that was initially reported by Mixed Martial Arts Addict. The long time heavyweight competitor is 4-2 in his previous 6 battles, however at 40 and with almost 100 battle sports bouts, it’s clear he was at the tail end of his profession.
The objective for Overeem prior to he closed the door on battling was to make a last UFC title shot. He preferably would’ve won the belt prior to and rode off into the sundown, however truth didn’t go that method. Overeem suffered a second-round TKO loss to Alexander Volkov in last month’s UFC Battle Night 184 centerpiece, which showed to be his 20th and last UFC bout.
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There seems no ill will over the circumstance on Overeem’s end. On Thursday, he published his very first remarks considering that the news broke and revealed class towards the fans, UFC brass and everybody who has actually followed his journey in the octagon (through Instagram):
The last run has actually concerned an end, however what a run it has actually been. Recalling at my ten years in the UFC, this has actually been the experience of a life time. Substantial thank you to the whole @ufc personnel, the fans and all the fighters I discovered. Couldn’t have actually wanted any other much better profession course. An unique thank you to @danawhite and Lorenzo Fertitta for making whatever possible. Combating for all of you has actually been such an honor.
Overeem left some space for analysis with his declaration. He did not clarify whether “the final run has come to an end” indicates exclusively in the UFC, or if it might indicate retirement.
With more than twenty years in the battle video game and a still strong name, it’s most likely that other promoters will have an interest in Overeem’s services. The UFC simply isn’t among them any longer.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.