Two revolutionary heavyweights are no more time on the UFC roster. The promotion just lately parted approaches with previous UFC heavyweight winner Junior Dos Santos and longtime contender Alistair Overeem.
Resources confirmed the releases soon after the UFC taken off them from its heavyweight rankings and MMA Junkie at first reported their departures.
Dos Santos (21-9) had been with the UFC because 2008. He reeled off 9 consecutive victories in the Octagon – together with winning the UFC heavyweight title – ahead of getting rid of the belt to Cain Velasquez in December of 2012.
Obtaining defeated the likes of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Derrick Lewis, Velasquez, and recent champion Stipe Miocic, Dos Santos fought twice far more for the belt. He was unsuccessful in reclaiming gold.
He is at this time on a 4-struggle dropping streak, all by way of TKO stoppage. Following Dos Santos lost to Ciryl Gane, UFC president Dana White said he would like to see Dos Santos retire. While that does not appear to have transpired, the UFC opted to aspect means with its previous titleholder.
However Overeem (47-19, 1 NC) hadn’t been with the UFC as long as Dos Santos, he has been fighting professionally significantly for a longer period. He started his blended martial arts career in 1999.
Overeem fought all about the globe, preventing for pioneering promotions this kind of as Rings, 2 Hot 2 Tackle, M-1, Satisfaction, K-1, Aspiration, and Strikeforce, before beginning his UFC tenure in 2011.
Obtaining won championships below the Dream and Strikeforce banners, Overeem fought the moment for the UFC belt, but was in no way equipped to have it wrapped close to his waistline.
Obtaining gone 4-4 more than his very last eight bouts, Overeem has been unable to get the bouts in opposition to major contenders like Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Ronzenstruik, and Curtis Blaydes, the bouts that would get him again into title competition.
At 40 years of age and obtaining not long ago shed to Alexander Volkov, the UFC opted to element techniques with Overeem.
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