Before making a comeback to kickboxing, former UFC heavyweight championship contender Alistair Overeem seems to be in excellent shape.
In his first fight since leaving the UFC last year, Overeem will take on Bard Hari at Glory: Collision 4 on Saturday at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands. It will be a trilogy kickboxing bout.
The Demolition Man picked up a massive shock victory to place himself on the kickboxing map back in 2008, which is when the two guys first crossed paths. Hari exacted revenge by defeating Overeem in the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinals one year later.
They will finally put an end to their feud after nearly 13 years. In his kickboxing days, Overeem was already a top-tier MMA fighter, but after giving up the discipline in 2010, he rose to the top of the heavyweight division.
Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem meet for the final time tomorrow night at 20:00 CET, streaming on @videolandonline. pic.twitter.com/EhGeGxGYuF
— GLORY Kickboxing (@GLORY_WS) October 7, 2022
The 42-year-old has a long list of notable victories under his belt, including victories over Vitor Belfort, Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, Fabricio Werdum, and Brock Lesnar.
When Overeem was defeated by Stipe Miocic in 2016, he was unable to win the UFC heavyweight championship despite holding world titles in Strikeforce and Dream. The Dutch fighter has a reputation for having an outstanding body and is perhaps one of the most stunning athletes to ever compete in mixed martial arts.
Overeem’s body and fighting style have both significantly evolved over the last few years, though. He was a super-pumped knockout artist for the majority of his career, but as he got older, he turned into a forgettable point fighter.
In his final UFC match, the 67-fight MMA veteran looked like a shell of his former self and was defeated in two rounds by Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkovin in February 2021.
When Overeem weighed in at 248 pounds on Friday for his first fight in over two years, it was obvious that he had been working hard during that time away from the ring. He also appeared to be his old self.
Hari, who weighed significantly more than his opponent—252 pounds—kept his shirt on throughout the prefight sparring session in hopes of winning for the first time since 2015.