UFC veteran and probably future Hall of Famer Alistair ‘the Reem’ Overeem is still standing tall and competing after 19 years since his debut. In spite of competing in the heavyweight division, wherein fighters absorb serious amount of punishment than any other division, Overeem is still preparing for his 61st MMA fight.
Heavyweights are normally known for their brutal power however Overeem has proved to be the leader of the pack with those infamous ‘one shot knockouts’. Overeem with a stat he posted on Twitter proved that not only can he land shots but land them accurately (Twitter):
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) May 19, 2018
The tweet features a list of fighters having highest striking accuracy in the UFC. Overeem was ranked first in the list with accuracy of 72.8%. Other heavyweights to be featured on the list are Anthony Hamilton at second spot with 65.6% accuracy, Josh Barnett at sixth with 61.5%.
Striking can definitely be considered as the most developed aspect of Overeem. Overeem competed in Kickboxing even before transitioning into MMA. Overeem had his first professional kickboxing fight at the age of 17, in a K-1 rules fight on 15 November 1997. He was the second runner-up at K-1 2009 World Grand Prix and champion in 2010. He has victories over kickboxing legends Badr Hari, Remy Bonjasky, Peter Aerts, Ewerton Teixeira, Ben Edwards, Tyrone Spong and Gokhan Saki.
Overeem favours kicks to the body and legs and knee strikes from the clinch. His most famous 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 late on his career. He is also proficient with left overhands and hooks once his opponents are worn down.
He has knockout victories over former champions and legends of the sport like Sergei Kharitonov, Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski and Mark Hunt. He is equally capable on the grappling aspect of MMA as well.
Overeem faces surging Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes at UFC 225 in June.