Alistair “Demolition man” Overeem (Hounslow, 17th May 1980, England) is a Dutch kickboxer and MMA fighter who’s been one of two fighters in history whom have been champion in both MMA and K-1.
Alistair was born in England and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 6. As a youngster Alistair practiced different sports such as judo, athletics and basketball. At the age of 15 Alistaiir started training martial arts under supervision of Bas Rutten and others.
At the age of 17 Alistair fought his first kickboxing match and won the fight. It became apparent that Alistair had a talent for the sport as two years later at the age of 19 he won his first MMA fight against Ricardo Fyeet with a guillotine choke.
After this winning match Alistair got into Pride where he fought against fighters like Chuck Lidell, Tomohiko Hashimoto, Hiromitsu Kanehara, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Vitor Belfort and other top fighters with different outcomes during the years. In the Pride middle weight Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, Alistair accomplished to become third and he proved to be one of the best fighters in the world.
Other Mixed Martial Arts events and K-1
Overeem also fought several matches in mixed martial arts events such as 2 Hot to Handle, Strikeforce, Dream, Dynamite, UFC and fought in the K-1 tournament. His results have been very impressive as he hold multiple titles such as 2x 2H2H Champion, Dream heavyweight champion, Pride middleweight semifinalist, Strikeforce heavyweight champion and K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. At one point Alistair was a Strikeforce champion, Dream champion and K-1 champion at the same time. Besides that, Alistair is also one of the two fighters who won a world title in both MMA and K-1.
In this video of Alistair Overeem you can see several highlights from his fights.
K-1 2009 World Grand Prix (Third Place)
K-1 2010 World Grand Prix (Champion)
Mixed martial arts
Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship (One time; First, Last)
One successful title defense
Pride Fighting Championships
2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
DREAM Interim Heavyweight Championship (One time; First, Last)
2 Hot 2 Handle
2H2H Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
2H2H Light Heavyweight Tournament (Champion)
World MMA Awards
2010 International Fighter of the Year
2011 International Fighter of the Year
2010 All-Violence Second Team
Abu Dhabi Combat Club
2005 ADCC European Trials Winner