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Valentijn Overeem Bio

Valentijn Overeem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvaːləntɛin ˈoːvəreːm]; born 17 August 1976) is a Dutch professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently signed with United Glory. He has previously fought for the PRIDE Fighting Championships, RINGS, KSW, K-1, M-1 Global, Its Showtime and Strikeforce.

Contents

  • 1 Biography and career
  • 2 Championships and accomplishments
  • 3 Mixed martial arts record
  • 4 Kickboxing record
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Biography and career

Overeem was born in Amersfoort, Utrecht but now lives in Turkey and is associated with the Imperial Athletics gym in Boca Raton, Florida where he trains with his younger brother Alistair.

Valentijn was trained at the Chris Dolman gym, where he specialized himself in kickboxing and sambo before debuting at the Japanese professional wrestling promotion Fighting Network RINGS.

In 1999, Overeem participated in the RINGS King of Kings tournament, but he was submitted and eliminated by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at the first round. He would perform better the next year, advancing on the first round after eliminating sambo champion Suren Balachinskiy. Overeem earned a yellow card for holding the ropes to avoid a takedown at one point, but he made up by outstriking Suren and focusing on kicking his injured leg, finishing the match by knee strikes. Valentijn then advanced further by beating famed luta livre practitioner Renato Sobral in an upset. Despite Overeem being almost knocked out by an illegal punch from Sobral while they were in a leglock exchange, the Dutch fighter got composed after a break and quickly locked a keylock on Sobral, making him tap out. After eliminating Yoshihisa Yamamoto by armbar in under one minute, Overeem continued advancing, and got another upset by choking out Randy Couture in a failed takedown. The final match of the tournament was against Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira himself, with Overeem submitted again in similar time.

On 9 June 2010, Overeem signed to fight under the Strikeforce banner. He was scheduled to fight Antônio Silva on 4 December 2010, but suffered an injury that caused him to withdraw from the fight. He eventually made his promotional debut against Ray Sefo at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva on 12 February 2011 where he won in the first round by using a neck crank.

Overeem then returned against Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum on 18 June 2011, in Dallas, Texas. Overeem lost as he tapped out due to punches.

On 3 August 2011, Golden Glory announced that Overeem had been released from his contract by Strikeforce.

On 25 February, Overeem won his fight against Polish kickboxer and mixed martial artist Marcin Różalski at KSW 18 in Płock, Poland. He replaced injured Jérôme Le Banner and took the fight on 2 days notice. Overeem won by submission (toe hold) in the first round.

Overeem fought a kickboxing fight on 23 February 2013 after 16 years of inactivity as a professional kickboxer when he faced James Wilson, a former professional boxer turned kickboxer, this was held in Miami on the debut event of S-1 Challenge,it was later ruled a No Contest due to an unsafe ring as both fighters fell over the ropes with Wilson falling twice.

On 7 December 2013, Overeem fought Mikhail Mokhnatkin at Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 14. Overeem lost via KO in the first round.

Overeem faced Konstantin Gluhov in a rematch on 12 April 2014 at PFC 6: Pancrase Fighting Championship 6. Overeem lost by first round KO.

Overeem would then lose his next bout against Ante Delija via TKO at HOG: House of Gladiators 9 in round one.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Fighting Network RINGS
    • RINGS King of Kings 2000 Tournament Runner Up
    • RINGS Free Fight Dutch Heavyweight Champion
  • Durata World Grand Prix
    • Durata World Grand Prix 2003 Tournament Champion

Mixed martial arts record

Kickboxing record

Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes

See also

External links

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