Alistair Overeem is a professional Mixed Martial Artist from the European country of the Netherlands currently contracted to the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC where he fights as a Heavyweight in the 265 lbs division. Overeem is also an acclaimed kick boxer and is the former Strike Force Heavyweight champion, the K1 World Grand Prix Champion as well as a former DREAM Heavyweight champion, becoming the first man in history to hold world titles in two combat sports simultaneously when he held the DREAM Heavyweight Championship and the K1 Grand Prix winner’s title.
Born to a Dutch mother and Jamaican father, Overeem was born in England and also holds a British passport. After his parents divorced when he was six years old, Overeem returned to the Netherlands with his family and it was here that he began training to become an athlete. Alistair Overeem was a brilliant athlete in his youth and he was particularly good at track and field events, basketball and judo. It was during this time that the young Overeem was taken to a gym by his older brother to learn the art of self defense.
However, Overeem did not like the sport at first because he thought it was too violent but after a few training sessions in the gym, he gradually learned to enjoy it. He made his professional debut in Mixed Martial Arts when he was just 19 years old. He fought for various promotions during the beginning of his career including RINGS, It’s Showtime, M1 before he made the move to PRIDE Fighting Championship, the biggest promotion in the world at that time.
Alistair Overeem had a very short stint at PRIDE and went to Strike Force before returning once again. However, he was off again, first to PRIDE and then to the UFC.
Barri Griffiths is a professional wrestler from the British nation of Wales, currently competing in the World Wrestling Entertainment or the WWE under the ring name of Mason Ryan. Ryan has also been a former competitor at Gladiators where he used the ring name Goliath and was hugely popular during his stint there. Having studied construction management at the University of Cardiff, Ryan began his professional life as a trainee carpenter and also working in the funeral home owned by the family.
He always wanted to be a successful football player and played for his local club in Wales as a defender before a severe knee injury cut his career short. He first took up the idea of becoming a professional wrestler after seeing the likes of William Regal and British Bull Dog perform in the WWE and this made a huge impression on Mason Ryan, whose career was going nowhere after that injury.
He began training to become a professional wrestler in 2006 at the age of 24 years and for the next three years, he performed throughout mainland Europe. In 2009, the WWE signed him on a developmental contract and he was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling or the FCW, a developmental promotion of the WWE to enhance his skills. He quickly rose up the ranks in FCW and by January 2010, he had become the holder of the FCW Heavyweight Championship belt.
His impressive start at FCW made an impact with the WWE officials and he was soon given the opportunity to appear on the Raw brand of the WWE. Mason Ryan made his official debut with the WWE as part of the Nexus group, before going on to become a part of The New Nexus and then NXT as his career gradually blossomed in the promotion.
After his match against the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Featherweight champion, Frankie Edgar has admitted that he is not quite sure what lies in store for him next but according to UFC president Dana White, the future definitely does not include a return to the Lightweight division. Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Dana White stated that there is no way that Edgar will return to the 155 lbs division of the UFC. Edgar lost to Aldo in his last match at UFC 156 in Las Vegas last week.
Edgar currently boasts of a record of 15-4-1 in Mixed Martial Arts and a 9-4-1 record in the UFC and is also the former UFC Lightweight champion, and he is also considered among one of the best pure athletes that currently compete in the company. Edgar suffered a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Jose Aldo and although the result was justified, it must be said that the former Lightweight champion pushed Aldo to the limit. In a style that is extremely unique to The Answer, Edgar absorbed a lot of punishment from Aldo in the initial exchanges of the match but as the match wore, he began to motor on and landed a lot of punches on the champion.
But by then, the damage had been done and he couldn’t find the extra bit to win the match. The loss was the third straight defeat suffered by Edgar after two consecutive defeats in controversial circumstances to the reigning UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
And White stated that he loves Edgar and although he was a champion at Lightweight, he will not go back there as he is too big and strong for it. White also stated that Edgar was more than welcome to remain as a Featherweight fighter at the UFC.
It’s just two months from Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s big pay per view event at UFC 157, and the president of the company is not being able to contact the contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship. After signing with the UFC in the middle of 2011, Nick Diaz has been somewhat of a problem child for the company and indeed the president to handle. After he was granted a title shot immediately after signing, Diaz blew off his press conference in the very first round.
That absence cost him the chance of facing Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship. When he was given a shot at the interim title at UFC 144 after GSP was injured, he blew it again after failing a post fight dope test. Despite all these tantrums, Dana White has given him another opportunity to fight for the title at UFC 157 and characteristically, Nick Diaz hasn’t changed his ways.
However, Dana White knows just who he is dealing with, and in a recent interview with MMA Mania, he stated that this was a fight that Diaz wanted really bad and Georges St. Pierre obliged by calling him out. And that resulted in Diaz getting the fight; as he went on to add that he expected Diaz to be present for the fight. White stated that he doesn’t return his calls or texts but he mentioned that he knows who he is dealing with, he doesn’t have to call him r text back, and he just needs to be present at the press conference.
According to White, as long as Diaz fulfils the contractual obligations of the fight, he will get the shot at the title at UFC 157, scheduled for the 16th of March at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.