Former UFC heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem appears to be in excellent shape ahead of his return to kickboxing.
On Saturday, Overeem will face Bard Hari in a kickboxing trilogy match at Glory: Collision 4 taking place at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands, and will be his first fight since leaving the UFC last year.
The two men first met in 2008 when ‘The Demolition Man’ scored a huge upset victory to put themselves on the kickboxing map. A year later, Hari got his revenge by stopping Overeem in the semi-finals of the 2009 K-1 World Grand Prix.
After nearly 13 years, they will finally settle their rivalry once and for all.
Overeem was already an elite-level MMA fighter back in his kickboxing days, but after leaving the sport in 2010, he went on to become one of the best heavyweights of all time.
The 42-year-old holds a host of high profile wins against Fabricio Werdum, Junior dos Santos, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir and Vitor Belfort.
Overeem held world titles in Strikeforce and Dream, but fell short of becoming the UFC heavyweight champion when he was knocked out by Stipe Miocic in 2016.
Throughout his combat sports career, the Dutch fighter has been known for his impressive physique and is arguably one of the most impressive specimens to ever compete in MMA.
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However, over the past few years, Overeem’s body has changed dramatically, and so has his fighting style. For most of his career he was a knockout artist, but as he got older he became an unimpressive peak fighter.
The 67-fight MMA veteran looked a shell of himself in his last UFC fight, when he was outplayed and stopped in two rounds by Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov in February 2021 .
During his absence from fights, Overeem has clearly been working hard and looking like himself when he weighed in at 248 pounds on Friday ahead of his first fight in nearly two years.
Hari was slightly heavier than his opponent at 252 pounds, but kept his shirt on during the pre-fight showdown which he hopes will see him taste victory for the first time since 2015.