Alistair Overeem will not be following Ben Henderson out through the UFC’s doors, as the dangerous Dutch stand-up specialist has confirmed that he has signed a new contract with MMA’s biggest promotion.
Overeem took to social media on Monday to let his fans know that he would be staying put.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 15, 2016
In the last few weeks, the UFC’s closest North American rivals, Bellator MMA, had swooped for the aforementioned former UFC lightweight champion, Henderson, offered a contract to highly-ranked bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling and made their intentions to acquire the signatures of further big names over the coming months quite clear.
Due to their aggressive recruiting, the UFC couldn’t have been certain that Overeem would continue to compete under their promotional banner, but the veteran heavyweight was obviously satisfied with the terms he that he was offered.
It is unclear at this point if he was approached with an alternative offer by Bellator or any other promotion.
Overeem is currently ranked 3rd in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings after a 3 fight winning streak, which includes a TKO victory over former champion Junior Dos Santos, and his proximity to a title shot may have impacted his decision.