By Mike Bohn |
March 4, 2021 12: 20 pm
Alistair Overeem showed nothing but grace in his first comments since his UFC release.
Overeem (47-19 MMA, 12-8 UFC) became decrease from the UFC roster Wednesday in a transfer that became first reported by MMA Junkie. The longtime heavyweight contender is 4-2 in his previous six fights, but at 40 and with practically 100 fight sports bouts, it’s no secret he became on the tail pause of his profession.
The aim for Overeem before he closed the door on battling became to like a final UFC title shot. He ideally would’ve obtained the belt before and rode off into the sunset, but actuality didn’t creep that contrivance. Overeem suffered a second-spherical TKO loss to Alexander Volkov in final month’s UFC Fight Night time 184 most foremost match, which proved to be his 20th and final UFC bout.
There looks to be no sick will over the distress on Overeem’s pause. On Thursday, he posted his first comments since the news broke and showed class toward the fans, UFC brass and all individuals who has adopted his hurry within the octagon (by Instagram):
The final bustle has attain to an pause, but what a bustle it has been. Attempting lend a hand at my 10 years within the UFC, this has been the ride of a lifetime. Monumental thanks to all of the @ufc workers, the fans and all of the opponents I chanced on. Couldn’t contain wished for every other better profession route. A various thanks to @danawhite and Lorenzo Fertitta for making every little thing imaginable. Battling for all of you has been such an honor.
Overeem left some room for interpretation alongside with his commentary. He didn’t clarify whether “the closing bustle has attain to an pause” contrivance totally within the UFC, or if it can perchance point out retirement.
With extra than 20 years within the battle sport and a quiet solid name, it’s likely that other promoters will be attracted to Overeem’s services and products. The UFC proper isn’t one of them anymore.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) February 5, 2021