Alistair Overeem
The Reem


Headline bout in the works
July 14, 2020
Overeem is in line to face Augusto Sakai in a heavyweight fight at UFC Fight Night on Sept. 5, reports.
Overeem put together a comeback win over Walt Harris back in May, emerging victorious via TKO (punches) in Round 2 after having been dropped early in the fight. The 40-year-old has earned a win in three of his last four matches. He'll now face the task of overcoming Sakai, who is undefeated in the UFC (4-0) after having joined the promotion last year.
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Survives and finishes Walt Harris
May 16, 2020
Overeem defeated Walt Harris via TKO (punches) at 3:00 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
This was a tough situation all the way around and Overeem somehow managed to emerge with the win. He was floored by Harris just minutes into the fight but battled to survive. Referee Dan Miragliotta could have stopped the bout but allowed Alistair to work through it. Moments later, Harris slipped to the mat while pushing forward and that turned the tide of the fight. Overeem spent the second half of Round 1 in a dominant position and that momentum carried over the Round 2. Harris was clearly exhausted and Overeem responded by clocking Walt with a high kick. He followed up with several more shots before Miragliotta called off the fight. Overeem is now 40 years of age (as of midnight). He remains a huge name and his power is still legitimate, but his chin is an ongoing concern. It's a minor miracle he survived tonight's flurry from Harris and it's difficult to project Alistair as a legitimate title threat moving forward given his inability to take a shot.
New date for Harris fight
April 9, 2020
Overeem's heavyweight matchup against Walt Harris has been rescheduled for May 16 at an unspecified location, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
This is a matchup that has long been anticipated, but one of many that was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for last December, and later rescheduled for the now-postponed UFC Portland on April 11, the matchup now has a new date. There's no official location yet, but Dana White has been secretive about his future event locations. He could elect to host it at the same place as UFC 249, and he's also publicly disclosed plans to secure a private island to host fights. Overeem has been a betting underdog all along, and the delay shouldn't change that much.
Bout against Harris postponed
March 16, 2020
Overeem's fight against Walt Harris will be postponed due to the threat of COVID-19, reports.
After not taking action with nearly every other sports league last week, UFC President Dana White finally made the decision to postpone the next three events to try to limit the spread of COVID-19. Overeem was scheduled to take on Harris on April 11 at UFC Portland, but that was later moved to the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas. Now this fight will be pushed back to a later date that has yet to be announced. Overeem last fought back in December when he was defeated by a fifth round KO.
Fight with Harris in question
March 15, 2020
Overeem's scheduled matchup against Walt Harris will likely be moved for the second time, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Overeem and Harris were originally scheduled for UFC Portland on April 11, but the event was later moved to the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas. The state of Nevada has since imposed similar restrictions to many states on this type of gathering in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, so it remains to be seen if the UFC can get this rescheduled to a new location. Saturday's UFC London has already been cancelled, with the UFC trying to find a new location stateside, while UFC 249 also appear to be in jeopardy. Overeem had been listed as a (+145) betting underdog for the matchup as of Sunday afternoon.
Headlining vs. Harris in April
February 8, 2020
Overeem will face Walt Harris in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 11 in Portland, Damon Martin of reports.
The bout will headline the event as Overeem will look to rebound from a KO (punch) loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December which came a mere four seconds before the final bell. The Reem was originally scheduled to fight Harris in that event, but the latter withdrew due to a family emergency.