Alistair Overeem

Birth Day May 17th, 1980
Birth Place Hounslow, Greater London
Age 44 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Taurus

A Dutch mixed martial artist who is currently signed with UFC is named for Alistair Overeem. His debut fight on UFC was against Brock Lesnar on 30th December 2011 at UFC 141. Moreover, he is a former kickboxer, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, and one of only two fighters to hold world titles in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time. As of December 10, 2019, he is #8 in the UFC heavyweight rankings. Scroll down to get more information regarding his full biography, net worth, records, nationality, ethnicity, wife, children, family details, facts, birthday, wiki, and more.

Famous For

  • Being known for his excellence and power on the striking field.
  • For his finishing technique used to be the left knee to the midsection, which has served him to end many fights, but he switched to the left body kick instead of late on his career.
  • Being labeled as "the best grappler in Europe" after submitting all his opponents in the ADCC 2005 tryouts through this move.
  • Being a Mixed Martial Artist as well as a former kickboxer. 

Alistair Overeem, a famous MMA fighter

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Early Life of Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem was born on 17th May 1980. His birth name/real name is Alistair Cees Overeem. He was born in his birthplace/home town in Hounslow, Greater London, England. He is Dutch-British by nationality and his ethnicity is mixed of Jamaican and Dutch. He was born to a Jamaican father and a Dutch mother. Talking about his parent's information, his mother’s name is Clair Overeem and his father's name is not revealed yet. His Dutch mother is a descendant of King William III of the Netherlands through one of his many illegitimate children. His great-great-grandfather was enslaved on the island of Jamaica. He has a brother named Valentijn Overeem. When he was only six years old, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother and older brother to the Netherlands. As a child, he competed in judo, track and field, and basketball. At the age of 15, his brother took him to Chris Dolman’s MMA gym to learn to define himself. He did not like the sport, but he dedicated fully to it after meeting Bas Rutten and Joop Kasteel. His birth sign is Taurus and his religion is Muslim. As of 2019, he celebrated his 39th birthday. There is no information about his education.

Career of Alistair Overeem

  • Alistair Overeem had his first MMA professional fight against Ricardo Fyeet on 24th October 1999 where he defeated him by submission. At that time, he was only 19. 
  • He posted a 10-3 record in RINGS, M-1, It’s Showtime, and 2 Hot 2 Handle/
  • After that, he debuted in the Pride Fighting Championships on 20th July 2002, where he defeated Yusuke Imamura by TKO in just 44 seconds.
  • He went on to win two more fights in Pride before entering into the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix at Pride Total Eliminated 2003 but lost to the future UFC light heavyweight and Hall of Famer Chuck Lidell in the quarter-final match.  
  • He entered the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix at Pride Total Elimination 2005 where he defeated UFC Light heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort by submission in the opening round. 
  • In February 2006, he fought Russian Top Team's favorite Sergei Kharitonov where he won the fight.
  • He then fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum but lost via kimura in the second round.
  • On 17th September 2007, at the Hero's 10: Middleweight Tournament Final, he faced Sergei Kharitonov again.
  • In the fight, he suffered a KO loss just before the end of the first round.
  • He defeated Paul Buentello for the vacant Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship by submission due to knee strikes on 16th November 2007 where he won by KO in the first round against Lee Tae-Hyun at DREAM 4 on 15th June 2008. 
  • He then defeated K-1 World Grand Prix Champion Mark Hunt in the first round by submission at Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round on 21st July 2008. 
  • His next fight was against Mirko Cro Cop at Dream 6 on 23rd September 2008.
  • He defeated Tony Sylvester at Golden Glory's 10-year anniversary celebration with a standing guillotine choke.
  • After that, he faced Brett Rogers on 15th May 2010 at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery to defend his Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship where he won. 
  • He faced Todd Duffee on 31st December 2010 at Dynamite!! 2010.
  • He then defeated Duffee by way of knockout 19 seconds into the first round to win the interim DREAM Heavyweight Championship.
  • He was also named as one of eight men that will take part in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, alongside Fabricio Werdum, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers, Josh Barnett, Andrei Arlovski, Antonio Silva, and Fedor Emelianenko in early 2011.
  • On 17th July, it was announced that he was removed from the promotion's 2011 Heavyweight Grand Prix.
  • On 6th September 2011, it was announced that Overeem had signed a contract with the UFC and that his first fight would be against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar on 30th December 2011 at UFC 141.
  • At UFC 141, he made his UFC debut in the main event against Brock Lesnar where he hurt Lesnar multiple times early on with knees to the body and went on to finish the fight with a kick to the liver and subsequent punches at 2:26 of the first round. It was on 30th December 2011.
  • He was revealed to have failed his pre-fight drug test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on 4th April 2012. 
  • On 20th April 2012, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he was removed from his fight with dos Santos and replaced by Frank Mir.
  • He then returned to face Antonio Silva on 2nd February 2013 at UFC 156.
  • On 1st February 2014 at UFC 169 and he defeated Mir. 
  • On 9th July, the UFC announced he would face Ben Rothwell on 5 September 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50 where he lost the fight.
  • He then faced Stefan Struve at UFC on Fox 13 on 13th December 2014 where he won the fight via KO in the first round.
  • His next fight was against Roy Nelson on 14th March 2015 at UFC 185 where he won the fight. 
  • On 15th February 2016, he announced that he had signed a new contract with the UFC and he faced Andrei Arlovski on 8 May 2016 at UFC Fight Night 87 where he won the fight. 
  • With the winning of the fight, he earned his first Performance of the Night bonus. 
  • He then faced Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on 10th September 2016 at UFC 203 where he lost the match. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.
  • He faced Mark Hunt in a rematch on 4 March 2017 at UFC 209 where he won. 
  • He faced promotional newcomer Sergei Pavlovich on 24th November 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141 where he won the fight. 
  • He was expected to face Walt Harris on 7 December 2019 at UFC on ESPN 7 but Harris pulled out on November 1, 2019 due to the ongoing search for his missing step-daughter, and was replaced by Jairzinho Rozenstruik. 
  • In the fight, he lost via knockout in the last four seconds of the fifth round after being up on all three judges' scorecards (39-37, 39-37, and 40-36).
  • He was expected to face Walt Harris on 11th April 2020, at UFC Fight Night 172 in Portland, Oregon but due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, the event was eventually postponed to May 16th, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 175. 
  • On April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to 16th May 2020 at UFC on ESPN 10. 
  • Despite being dropped in the first round, Alistair went on to win via second-round TKO.

Alistair Overeem Vs Walt Harris, Alistair Won The Second Round


Records of Alistair Overeem

Alistair is only fighter to simultaneously hold three championship belts (Strikeforce, K1, and Dream). He is one of only two fighters to win a world championship in MMA and K-1. He holds notable victories over 6 former UFC champions: Andrei Arlovski (UFC Heavyweight Champion), Fabricio Werdum (UFC Heavyweight Champion), Frank Mir (two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion), Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion), Junior dos Santos (UFC Heavyweight Champion), and Vitor Belfort (UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Tournament Champion). 


  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • Performance of the Night (One time)
  • Fight of the Night (One time)


  • Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)
  • One successful title defence

PRIDE Fighting Championships

  • 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinalist


  • DREAM Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)

2 Hot 2 Handle

  • 2H2H Light heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • 2H2H Light heavyweight Tournament Winner

World MMA Awards

  • 2010 International Fighter of the Year
  • 2011 International Fighter of the Year


  • 2010 All-Violence Second Team
  • 2015 All-Violence Third Team

  • 2018 Dutch Fighter of the Year.

Net Worth of Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem is a Dutch mixed martial artist, a former kickboxer, and a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, DREAM Heavyweight Champion, K-1 World Grand Prix Champion. He has earned a huge amount of money from his fighting career. Thus, his net worth will be surely in millions. The net worth of Alistair Overeem is believed to have $5 million as of 2020. As per a Sports Daily report, he earned $385,714.28 for the fight. His last 6 fights have seen him take in over $800,000 on each occasion which tallies up to 51% of his UFC earnings. As of 2020, his exact salary is unknown. His major source of wealth is from his fighting career/MMA career. There is no information about his cars and house. Without a doubt, he is living a luxurious lifestyle at present. 

Personal Life of Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem is a married person. He is married to his long term girlfriend, Zelina Bexander. The duo was engaged in 2011. Zelina Bexander serves as an Office Support and Administration for AkzoNobel. They are also the proud parents of two beautiful daughters/kids named Storm; born on 17th October 2006 and Yazz-Ley; born on 27th February 2016. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay. As of now, the duo is living a happy life without any disturbances. Their relationship is going strong. 

Alistair Overeem with her wife, Zelina Bexander


Body Measurements of Alistair Overeem

Alistair Overeem is a very handsome person with a muscular body build. With black hair, Alistair stands at a tall height of 6 feet 5 inches. He has got a pair of black eyes. His body weighs is around 120 Kg. But his other body measurements details such as chest size, waist size, biceps size, hips size, and more are unrevealed by any sources yet. He has short hair and a very short beard. He maintains his body a lot. His body is healthy. 

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