The UFC heavyweight division was able to keep one of its better fighters with Alistair Overeem deciding to re-sign with the promotion today.
Just signed my new @ufc contract! :) pic.twitter.com/lUQZO0ptLJ
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 15, 2016
Overeem (40-14) has had a career resurgence in the past year, winning his last three bouts and finishing out his UFC contract with a TKO win over former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos.
It was a huge gamble for Overeem considering his stock would had likely taken a big hit if he had lost to dos Santos. However, the gamble paid off as Overeem was (2-3) inside the Octagon prior to the three fight winning streak. He owns a win over current UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, a lackluster unanimous decision win in the Strikeforce promotion in 2011.
He could be in line for a title shot, but the heavyweight division is a bit murky due to injuries suffered by Werdum and current challenger Cain Velasquez.
Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell are also in the heavyweight title picture, and I’m sure that Overeem being so close to a title shot along with the money was enough to keep him in the UFC.
It’ll be interesting to see who he fights first if he doesn’t get the title shot. Personally, I’d like to see him and Miocic fight. Rothwell knocked Overeem out in the first round back in 2014, so that could be a possible No. 1 contender fight as well.