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Alistair Overeem says he never looked beyond the UFC during free agency

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Among the more intriguing names to recently hit the open market, coveted free agent Alistair Overeem — fresh off his victory over former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos — was perhaps the biggest. The 35-year old Overeem announced via his Twitter account that he had re-signed with the UFC, thus ending any speculation that he may reunite with Scott Coker in Bellator (or defect elsewhere).

Overeem later tweeted out that he would be headlining the May 8 show in Rotterdam, in his native Holland.

On Monday, “The Reem” made an appearance on The MMA Hour to talk about his new deal and the drama that surrounded his free agency status. Or, lack of drama, as it turns out. Despite the speculation, Overeem said he never considered signing anywhere other than with Zuffa.

“I didn’t talk to anybody else,” he told Ariel Helwani. “But I can tell you this, also — the UFC is where the best fighters are at, and I consider myself the best fighter. I belong in the UFC. That’s how simple it is.

“The UFC has been very cordial, very gentlemanly towards me, and I’m very happy. I’m very excited, and I feel very appreciated. These were all factors.”

Asked if the UFC was his only choice, or if it was always his intention to stay, Overeem was emphatic on the point.

“Of course,” he said. “The UFC is the prime fight promotion in the world.”

Overeem has won three straight fights, beginning with a knockout of Stefan Struve back in Dec. 2014. He followed that up with a decision victory over Roy Nelson at UFC 185, before destroying Dos Santos at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando. The consensus was he was gambling on himself for a bid at free agency, ….View full article

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