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Alistair Overeem announces decision to retire completely from fighting

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Former UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem. Photo Credit: Amber Searls – USA TODAY Sports

The fighting days are over for Alistair Overeem.

Recently interviewed by Lovin Dubai, the 43-year-old combat sports legend announced his retirement from fighting.

“This actually ties into what I want to do, because I actually just decided to stop fighting,” Overeem said. “This is not my thing anymore.”

“It’s been 25 years, right? We’re going to do other cool stuff now.”

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New chapter for Alistair Overeem

During the interview, the 43-year-old revealed his new mission in life.

“I’ve been doing a lot of new things for health,” Overeem said. “This is my next chapter, promoting health.

“Totally canged my diet. I became a vegetarian also. I got no desire to eat meat anymore. Meat is not good for you. It negatively affects you. Yes, it tastes delicious. Even now I could still eat meat, but I just choose not to.”

Overeem’s pro fighting career dates back to 1999, and over the years he has been competing in both MMA and kickboxing.

The heavyweight has won championships with Strikeforce and K-1, and also competed for Japan’s legendary PRIDE promotion. In 2016 he fought for the UFC heavyweight title but fell short to Stipe Miocic.

Alistair Overeem retires with an MMA record of 47-19-1.

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