Alistair Overeem Returns To Kickboxing Against GLORY Champ Rico Verhoeven on October 23rd

Alistair Overeem is re-entering kickboxing with arguably the biggest matchup that could be made for him.

The former UFC fighter will challenge heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven at the promotion’s October 23rd event, per an announcement he made during an interview on MMA Fighting program “The MMA Hour.”

The fight is set to take place at the GelreDome in Arnhem, Netherlands as part of “Collision 3.”

Verhoeven has been GLORY Kickboxing’s heavyweight champ for a long time, having held the belt since 2014. He has defended the title nine times, with his most recent victory being against Badr Hari in 2019.

Verhoeven last competed in January of 2021, defeating Hesdy Gerges and Tarik Khbabez in a one-night tournament.

Overeem will be making his first combat sports appearance outside of the UFC since 2011. He has spent the last decade competing in the UFC, attaining a promotional record of 12 wins and eight losses.

His last UFC bout was in February, where Alexander Volkov finished him in the second round of a main event bout.

Overeem has competed in kickboxing before, but his career in the sport has been on hold since signing with Strikeforce and UFC 10 years ago. He notably competed over a dozen times for K-1 from 2001 to 2010.

It was first announced just two months back that Overeem had struck a deal with GLORY Kickboxing.

Overeem Receives Backlash For Comments on Pro Wrestling

Amid the news of his return to kickboxing, Overeem drew criticism for comments on pro wrestling during his interview.

When asked what he thought about former UFC fighter Brock Lesnar’s return to WWE earlier this week, Overeem called pro wrestling “stupid,” “lame” and “gay.”

Overeem has since been criticized as homophobic and ableist for his comments.

“MMA Hour” host Ariel Helwani apologized for having the remarks on his program.

“I wish he didn’t say that to describe his stance on pro wrestling … I am genuinely sorry to anyone who was offended by the comment,” said Helwani to Outsports.

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