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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, Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki, K-1, M-1 Global, Its Showtime and Strikeforce. He holds notable wins over UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture, K-1 Stand out Ray Sefo, English MMA Veteran Ian 'The Machine' Freeman, former Pancrase Heavyweight Champion: Kazuo Takahashi, former 2 time RINGS Openweight Champion: Kiyoshi Tamura, and Brazilian 'Babalu' Sobral.

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. He holds notable wins over Renato Sobral, Randy Couture and Ray Sefo all by submission.

On 9 June 2010, Overeem signed to fight under the Strikeforce banner. He was scheduled to fight Antonio 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 December 7, 2013, Overeem fought Mikhail Mokhnatkin at Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 14. Overeem lost via KO in the first round.

Championships and Accomplishments

  • Fighting Network RINGS and other promotions
    • RINGS King of Kings 2000 Tournament Runner Up
    • RINGS Free Fight Dutch Heavyweight Champion
    • 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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