In professional sports, there is something we can call duration. It is not predetermined for anyone but it is all a matter of the individual, everyone has a different ending. But in martial arts, the problem is often that the individual does not know how to recognize it, and then there are bad defeats that very often create a feeling of pity in the fans over the fighters they once admired.
In that case, the promotion of which they are members always act. After recently forcibly retiring one of the greatest ever, Anderson Silva, the UFC has now done the same with another former champion, but also with arguably the greatest fighter to have competed in the Octagon without reaching the title.
As of today, UFC members are no longer Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. It is assumed that the UFC has estimated that with their performances, both heavyweights no longer justify the high income that their contracts guarantee.
Dos Santos, 37, has been a member of the promotion for a full 12 years and began his career at the Octagon with a string of nine victories, including winning the title and defending the title once. He won the title at the first UFC event to air on FOX television, knocking out Cain Velasquez.
Still, from the same fighter, he later lost convincingly twice. He had the opportunity to regain the title in 2017, but he was defeated by Stipe Miočić by knockout, and then his fall began. At the moment, he is within a series of four defeats, and he experienced everything with a break.
During his long career, he recorded 21 wins and nine losses, while as a UFC fighter he was 15-8. He beat Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipović, Frank Mir, Marko Hunt, Shane Carwin, Derrick Lewis, and many others, while he is 1: 1 with Stipe Miočić.
The 40-year-old Overeem was stopped last month during his “last expedition” by being knocked out by Alexander Volkov. One of the greatest fighters of this century has thus lost hope of reaching the only belt he is missing, but it was expected that the UFC could arrange another fight for him.
Still, they decided it was time to end the collaboration and fresh blood as it had recently begun to show in the category. Prior to joining the UFC, Overeem was the star of Pride, Dream, and Strikeforce and the K-1 kickboxing promotion.
His arrival was "cooked" for a long time, and it happened at the end of 2011 when he defeated Brock Lesnar in his debut. He was supposed to fight for the title immediately after that, but there was a drop in the doping test and a break, and a defeat by Antonio Silva after his return.
With hard work, he came to the fight for the title, but even he could not beat Stipe Miočić. In the Octagon, he recorded a total of 12 wins and eight defeats, and in addition to Lesnar, he also celebrated against Junior Dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, Werdum, Hunt, Walt Harris, and many others.