UFC parts ways with former champion Junior Dos Santos, perennial contender Alistair Overeem
2 staples of the UFC’s heavyweight department are no longer on the lineup.
Previous UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos and seasonal competitor Alistair Overeem have actually parted methods with the promo.
An individual with understanding of the scenario validated the 2 heavyweights’ advertising departures following their elimination from the UFC rankings Wednesday however asked to stay confidential as the promo has not formally revealed the relocations.
UFC authorities did not respond to ask for remark by Mixed Martial Arts Addict.
Dos Santos (21-9 Mixed Martial Arts, 15-8 UFC) made his advertising launching at UFC 90 in October 2008. He made a declaration right away when he put away Fabricio Werdum with strikes in 80 seconds. The success began a nine-fight winning streak by “Cigano.”
Consisted of on that run were 2 title battles: a clinching efficiency and a title defense. In November 2011, at UFC on FOX 1, Dos Santos ended up Cain Velasquez with punches in 64 seconds to end up being the UFC heavyweight champ. He would follow up that efficiency with a second-round TKO win over Frank Mir at UFC 146 in Might 2012.
Dos Santos lost the belt to Velasquez by means of consentaneous choice in a December 2012 rematch at UFC 155. Following a win over Mark Hunt in Might 2013, Dos Santos got his trilogy chance however was beat by Velasquez by means of TKO at UFC 166 in October 2013.
Over the next seven-plus years, Dos Santos stayed a heavyweight competitor. From 2018-2019, Dos Santos even developed a three-fight winning streak with success over Blagoi Ivanov, Tai Tuivasa, and Derrick Lewis.
Dos Santos followed up the streak with a four-fight losing skid. Prior to his UFC departure, Dos Santos was ended up by strikes in 4 straight battles – losses to Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Ciryl Gane.
Overeem (47-19 Mixed Martial Arts, 13-8 UFC) went into the UFC currently a recognized Mixed Martial Arts star who completed in various significant promos consisting of Strikeforce, PRIDE, and DREAM.
In December 2011, Overeem made his advertising launching at UFC 141 and ended up Brock Lesnar with a body kick and punches. Over his next 4 battles, Overeem went 1-3 with TKO losses to Antonio Silva, Travis Browne, and Ben Rothwell.
Overeem reversed his misfortune, nevertheless, and rattled off a four-fight winning streak with success over Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, Junior Dos Santos, and Andrei Arlovski.
Over the period of his next 11 bouts causing UFC exit, Overeem would have his ups and downs. Prior to his departure, Overeem won back-to-back battles versus Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai prior to he was ended up with punches by Alexander Volkov at UFC Battle Night 184 on Feb. 6.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.