Today is all about major free agent decisions in the MMA world. In a couple of hours, UFC bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling will announce whether or not he's staying in the UFC. Meanwhile, fellow free agent Alistair Overeem has tweeted out confirmation of his new UFC deal.
Just signed my new @ufc contract! :) pic.twitter.com/lUQZO0ptLJ— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 15, 2016
Overeem (40-14, 1 NC) has been on an absolute tear since a disappointing knockout loss to Ben Rothwell in September 2014. The former Strikeforce heavyweight champion knocked out Stefan Struve, dominated Roy Nelson, and most recently scored a 2nd round TKO over former UFC champ Junior dos Santos in December. Overeem is currently ranked 3rd in the official UFC heavyweight rankings, behind only champion Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, and Stipe Miocic.
There's no word on where or when his next fight will take place, but the 35-year-old is definitely closing in on a title shot given his current form. The Dutchman could potentially fight in his home country at UFC Fight Night in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on May 8th.
So to recap the the big 3 names of free agency - Benson Henderson is now with Bellator, Alistair Overeem remains with the UFC, so all that's left is Aljamain Sterling, whom you can watch on The MMA Hour at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT.