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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship contender Alistair Overeem wanted his fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 postponed. Overeem was slated to take on the former UFC Heavyweight champion in a grudge match at UFC 160 but he suffered a freak injury while training for it, forcing him to withdraw from the event and UFC promptly replacing him with the Kiwi Samoan fighter Mark Hunt, in a match where the winner could be in a line for a shot the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
But now it has emerged that the Dutchman wanted the UFC to postpone the fight till UFC 161 so that he could recover from the injury and take his nemesis on after battling through verbal volleys ever since he was sidelined for their UFC Heavyweight Championship showdown at UFC 146 for failing a pre-fight drugs test. That failed drugs test saw Alistair Overeem miss nine months of action after he was sanctioned by the Nevada States Athletic Commission.
And by the time he was given permission to return, Cigano had lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship to Cain Velasquez. Overeem was granted a match against Antonio Silva, where a win would have placed him as the number one contender to face Velasquez but he lost to the Brazilian, who will now face the champion in a title match at UFC 161.
And having missed the opportunity to take on dos Santos as well, Alistair Overeem has gone on to blow yet another shot at landing a match for the title and this places a huge doubt on his future in the business with UFC officials blanking him out completely and turning down his request for a postponement of the match. Overeem is currently back home in Holland nursing his injury and doing some light training.
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Alistair Overeem is a professional Mixed Martial Artist from the European Union nation of The Netherlands, currently signed on to a multi fight contract with the premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC where he fights as a Heavyweight in the 265 lbs division. Known to his fans as The Demolition Man, Overeem traces his ancestry back to the United Kingdom and is a former holder of the Strike Force Heavyweight Championship, K-1 World Grand Prix Championship winner as well as the winner of the DREAM Heavyweight Championship.
Having been a kick boxer at one time, the Dutchman became the first man in history to hold a Mixed Martial Arts title and a kickboxing title at the same time. Sherdog currently ranks him as the sixth best Heavyweight fighter in the world.
Overeem was born to a Jamaican father and a Dutch mother. But after the divorce if his parents, Overeem and his family moved to The Netherlands where he spent the remainder of his childhood. Alistair Overeem was very enthusiastic about participating in sports from a very young age and took part in judo competitions, basketball as well as track and field events. Overeem had his first taste of Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 19 years for an independent promotion.
After spending a few years at RINGS, It’s Showtime and M-1 and several other such promotions, Overeem debuted for PRIDE FC in 2003.
He spent a couple of years at PRIDE before making the move to Strike Force. He juggled between PRIDE, DREAM and Strike Force during this time before finally switching over to the UFC. Alistair Overeem made his debut with the UFC with a thumping win over Brock Lesnar before going on to be suspended for a failed drugs test.
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In a match that has been in the making for almost the past one and half years, Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC officials have confirmed that the former Strike Force Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and the former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will go head to head against each other in a grudge match on the 25th of May at UFC 160. After repeatedly calling out the former champion over the course of the last one and half years and after the shame of being sanctioned for seven months for a failed drugs test, the Dutchman will finally get his hands on the man he had craved to fight for so long.
However, the dampener is that there will be no title on the line with the Brazilian having lost his UFC Heavyweight Championship to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155 last year in a match where he was completely battered. Many experts of the Mixed Martial Arts sports had assumed this fight to have already taken and that too, for the top prize in the division. However, when the match was scheduled for UFC 146, Alistair Overeem failed the post fight drugs test and was sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was lifted at the end of December.
The Dutchman made his comeback to the UFC Octagon at UFC 156 against Vitor Belfort, in a match where a win would have guaranteed a crack at the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Velasquez. But The Demolition Man was knocked out by the Brazilian barely 25 seconds of the third round resuming, leading him to accept a non-title bout against dos Santos.
However, knowing the history of verbal abuse between the Brazilian and Alistair Overeem, the match will be one of the biggest on the night at UFC 160.