Former UFC title challenger Alistair Overeem is making his return to the sport of kickboxing and has signed with the Glory promotion.
Overeem posted a video to his Instagram where he takes off and throws down a pair of UFC gloves, seemingly symbolizing his departure from the promotion. A second video tweeted by ESPN's Ariel Helwani then shows Overeem picking up a pair of Glory kickboxing gloves with Helwani also reporting that he has signed a multi-fight deal with the kickboxing company and his debut is set for later this year, but no opponent has been determined yet.
Alistair Overeem is returning to his kickboxing roots.@Alistairovereem has signed a multi-fight deal with Glory Kickboxing, his management team told ESPN this AM.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 8, 2021
His @GLORY_WS debut isn’t set yet, but it is expected to come later this year.
The Dutch MMA legend finished his UFC run going 4-2 in his last six Octagon appearances, losing his latest outing to Alexander Volkov via a second-round TKO at UFC Vegas 18. His debut with Glory will be his first kickboxing bout since winning the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final after knocking out Peter Aerts in the first round.