Alistair Overeem’s Retirement is Expected to Come Next Year

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  • Alistair Overeem has won four of his past five fights in the UFC. 
  • “The Reem” is expected to take on Alexander Volkov in the main event of a UFC card on February 6th.
  • It now seems likely that Alistair Overeem’s retirement will take place in 2021.

At 40 years old, Alistair Overeem is one of the most experienced fighters in MMA. The legendary kickboxer spoke to his fans on Twitter this week about his future in the fight game. It now seems highly likely that Alistair Overeem’s retirement will be taking place sometime in 2021.

“The Reem” claims he’s looking for one more shot at the heavyweight title. With a win over Alexander Volkov in February, he will earn that championship opportunity.

Today, we’re going to talk about what might be happening next year for Alistair Overeem.

Overeem vs. Volkov is Scheduled to Take Place on February 6th

Back in June of 2018, Alistair Overeem suffered his second-straight knockout loss in the UFC. Many believe that his time in MMA was coming to an end. He had taken several knockout losses over the years and fans questioned whether or not he still had the desire to continue.

Incredibly, Overeem returned just five months later with an impressive TKO victory over Sergei Pavlovich. He followed that up with another win over Alexey Oleynik. Alistair has now gone 4-1 in his past five fights and seems to be inching towards a shot at the heavyweight title.

News recently broke that Alistair Overeem will be taking on Alexander Volkov on February 6th. It’s a huge fight for both men. Volkov is just 2-2 in his past four fights and needs a win to stay in title contention. Unfortunately, no UFC betting sites are offering odds on this exciting bout.

It’s hard to predict how these odds will come out. It’s reasonable to assume that they will be extremely close. Overeem and Volkov are both elite strikers and have more than a decade of experience in MMA.

This fight will headline the UFC event on February 6th. There are also several exciting fights taking place on the undercard of this show. Make sure to stay tuned for updates on the odds for each fight taking place!

Many have been debating how long Alistair Overeem would compete for. New reports claim that his time in MMA is likely coming to an end soon.

Here’s Another Update on Alistair Overeem’s Retirement

It’s been incredible to see Alistair Overeem’s success over the years. He’s one of the few men in MMA to still compete over more than three decades. It’s even more amazing to see him close to a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world.

Unfortunately, his time in MMA won’t last forever. Fans have been asking “The Reem” when he plans to hang up the gloves for years. Alistair spoke to his fans on social media this week and claims that he likely only has 2 more fights left in his career.

“I’m still improving: even at 40, I think you can clearly see that in my fights. I’m still on a learning curve. But I have to be realistic. I’m going to have a couple more fights, then I’m going to hang up the gloves. If I win the belt, then the mission is completed #onefinalrun,” he wrote.

This is what many expected. Winning the title would cap off one of the most legendary careers in the history of MMA. Overeem still has some big tests ahead of him before he can earn another title opportunity, though.

Alistair Overeem’s retirement will likely come after two fights. He will likely compete again even with a loss against Alexander Volkov. Many are hoping that Overeem gets the win in February and earns the shot against the heavyweight champion of the world.

Who will Alistair be fighting against for the heavyweight title?

The UFC Still Has Not Officially Booked Miocic vs. Ngannou 2

The UFC’s heavyweight division is better now than ever before. The fact that Jon Jones plans to make the move to this division makes things even more exciting. For reasons unknown, however, the UFC has not officially booked the heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.

These two men fought back in January of 2018. Sites like Bovada lists Ngannou as the major betting favorite heading into this matchup. To the surprise of many, Miocic dominated the fight from start to finish and earned the unanimous decision win.

Ngannou is now riding a four-fight win streak and is the clear number-one contender for the title. In October, UFC President Dana White revealed this fight was likely to take place in March. Unfortunately, the UFC has yet to formally make any announcements.

If indeed this fight takes place in March, Jon Jones may decide to move back down to 205 pounds. Israel Adesanya is expected to challenge for the light-heavyweight title next. That could potentially set up a mega-fight between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.

There’s a lot happening in the UFC. We’re likely to see more title fights announced over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, Alistair Overeem’s retirement doesn’t happen until he earns another shot at the belt.

Do you think Overeem will ever earn another title shot? Do you expect him to retire in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!

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