Before Alistair Overeem broke into stardom as a combat fighter, he previously worked as a bouncer and security guy. Though the star stood a chance of making it in life from both jobs at the time, his love for combat fighting kept pushing him to the ring.
As a child, he was very stubborn and would often get into trouble in school. He finally decided to pursue a career as a mixed martial artist after he was inspired by other great heavyweight fighters.
Right now, Overeem is one of the most decorated heavyweight fighters in this generation, having emerged victorious in various combat sports. In fact, the star is the first and only MMA fighter to ever win the covetous K-1 Gran Prix Title.
Also known as the Reem and the Demolition Man, Alistair won his first major belt in the year 2007 after he brought hometown favorite Paul Buentello to his knees by knee strikes. Over the course of his flourishing career, he has competed with big shots such as Mauricio Rua, Vitor Belfort, Rogerio Nogueira, and Chuck Liddell on the combat ring.
The star’s illustrious career has also won him so many titles and awards including but not limited to 2h2h World champion, K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Champion, third place Pride Middleweight Grand Prix, Dream Champion, and1st place European ADCC.
Alistair Overeem’s Bio
Born Alistair Cees Overeem, the former kickboxer is a British-born Dutch heavyweight star who was born on May 17, 1980, in Hounslow, Greater London, England. Cees’s mother’s name is Clair Overeem while his father’s name is not known to the public but we gathered that he is a Jamaican and his wife is a Dutch.
His parents reportedly divorced when he was still very young and he later relocated to the Netherlands to live with his brother and mother. As for his education, there’s no available information about his educational achievements at the moment.
Famed for his unique kicking styles, Overeem is married to a pretty woman called Zelina Angela Bexander. Prior to their marriage, the pair dated for a long time. They, however, got engaged in 2011 and later got married.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Zelina works as an Office Support and for AkzoNobel, according to information gathered from her LinkedIn profile. Alistair’s wife reportedly graduated from the University of Gothenburg.
She is a mother to Overeem’s only daughter Yazz-Ley and a stepmother to the fighter’s daughter (Storm) from a previous relationship.
Alistair’s brother is none other than Valentijn Overeem. He is a professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist as well. Valentijn’s professional career started in 1996 and he is currently signed with United Glory.
Born on August 17, 1976, in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, Overeem clinched his first victory in 1996 via submission against Tjerk Vermanen. His flourishing years in the combat sports community have seen him compete for top-notch companies such as Strikeforce, KSW, the PRIDE Fighting Championships, K-1, RINGS the World Fighting Alliance, World Victory Road, Its Showtime and M-1 Global.
Also known as The Python, Valentijn’s flourishing career has seen win several titles in the championship. He holds the record as the runner-up of Ring King of Kings 2000 Tournament and top fighter at the RINGS Free Fight Dutch Heavyweight Champion. The Turkey-based mixed martial artist stands at a height of 1.91 meters (6 ft 3 in) and weighs 98.5 kg (217 lb).
Alistair Overeem’s Net Worth
The K-1 title holder boasts an impressive net worth estimated to be $5 million. It is believed that he made his wealth through his involvements in the combat world.
His Height & Weight
As one of the world’s most decorated heavyweight fighter, Overeem has his brother, dedication to his career as well as his body structure to thank for his historic accomplishments in his career. According to available records, the A-lister is 6 feet 4 inches tall while his weight is put at 112 kilograms. He is blessed with black hair and a set of black eyes.
Other Facts About The Mixed Martial Artist
1. Before fame, Alistair and his brother used to train at the Imperial Athletics gym in Boca Raton, Florida.
2. He won his first kickboxing fight at the age of 17.
3. The popular Dutch mixed martial artist filed out for his first MMM fight at the age of 19.
4. Alistair’s nationality is Dutch and British while his ethnicity is mixed – Jamaican and Dutch.
5. While growing up, the mixed martial artist took part in basketball, track and field, as well as judo competitions.
6. The star is active on the following social media outlets – Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He enjoys a large followership on these platforms.