This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Alistair Overeem Turns 37

By Brian Knapp May 1, 2017


No matter how the rest of his career plays out, Alistair Overeem will go down as one of the most accomplished prizefighters in history. He will celebrate his 37th birthday on May 17.

Overeem has enjoyed a long and successful career as a kickboxer, grappler and mixed martial artist. The 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix winner has captured titles in Strikeforce and Dream while also putting together strong runs in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships. A two-division standout who excelled as a light heavyweight and heavyweight, Overeem owns victories over a number of his contemporaries, from Vitor Belfort (twice), Igor Vovchanchyn, Sergei Kharitonov and Fabricio Werdum to Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski. The Jackson-Wink MMA export last fought at UFC 209 on March 4, when he cut down Mark Hunt with a volley of knees in the third round of their rematch at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Overeem sports 38 finishes among his 42 professional wins: 19 by submission and 19 more by knockout or technical knockout.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of May:

MAY 1

Kiichi Kunimoto, 36
Chad Mendes, 32
Dakota Cochrane, 31
Liz McCarthy, 31
Anistavio Medeiros de Figueiredo, 29
David Teymur, 28

MAY 2

Garret Nybakken, 36
Alberto Mina, 35
Kikuyo Ishikawa, 33
Alex Nicholson, 27
Justin Scoggins, 25

MAY 3

Sam Greco, 50
Shonie Carter, 45
Pedro Rizzo, 43
John Makdessi, 32
Patrick Holohan, 29
Bryan Barberena, 28
Mariana Morais, 21

MAY 4

Victor Henry, 30
Lemmy Krusic, 28
Roman Szymanski, 24

MAY 5

Alex Schoenauer, 41
Mizuto Hirota, 36
Steve Steinbeiss, 36
Lukasz Bugara, 31
Cortney Casey, 30

MAY 6

Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr., 35
Sam Alvey, 31
Beneil Dariush, 28

MAY 7

Frank Trigg, 45
Lodune Sincaid, 44
Kurt Pellegrino, 38

MAY 8

Jorge Patino, 44
Caol Uno, 42
Tatsuya Kawajiri, 39
Manny Gamburyan, 36
Jessica Aguilar, 35
Mikey Gomez, 35
Danillo Villefort, 34

MAY 9

Spencer Fisher, 41
Antwain Britt, 39
Shinya Aoki, 34
Chuka Willis, 24

MAY 10

Anthony Perosh, 45
Yoshiyuki Yoshida, 43
Jackie Vandenburgh, 36
Cory Hendricks, 29

MAY 11

Jeremy Lang, 42
Melvin Manhoef, 41
Magomed Sultanakhmedov, 33
Gilbert Jimenez, 32
Chas Skelly, 32
Joseph Sandoval, 31
Kamaru Usman, 29
Frankie Perez, 28

MAY 12

Louis Taylor, 38
Damian Grabowski, 37
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, 33

MAY 13

Fredson Paixao, 38
Yan Cabral, 34
Guilherme Viana, 31
Yusuke Yachi, 27

MAY 14

Urijah Faber, 38
Tom DeBlass, 35
Artur Guseinov, 33
Alvaro Herrera, 27

MAY 15

Shane DeZee, 40
Josh Burns, 39
Tom Lawlor, 34
Kenji Yamamoto, 33
Brett Chism, 30

MAY 16

Hacran Dias, 33
Darren Elkins, 33
Anthony Birchak, 31
Nazareno Malegarie, 31

MAY 17

Matt Lindland, 47
Cheick Kongo, 42
Alistair Overeem, 37
Dan Hardy, 35
Paul Bradley, 34
Rich Hale, 32

MAY 18

Muhsin Corbbrey, 39
Gabriel Gonzaga, 38
Kazuhisa Watanabe, 34

MAY 19

Andre Gusmao, 40
Wagner da Conceicao Martins, 39
Georges St. Pierre, 36
John Maguire, 34
Augusto Sakai, 26
Sergey Khandozhko, 25

MAY 20

Steve Berger, 44
Roger Huerta, 34
Alexander Shlemenko, 33
Jinh Yu Frey, 32

MAY 21

Bruce Buffer, 60
Scott Smith, 38
Ricardo Lamas, 35

MAY 22

Murilo Rua, 37
Tim Snyder, 37
Mark Oshiro, 34
Fumihiro Kitahara, 33
Joe Lauzon, 33
Keita Nakamura, 33
Teemu Packalen, 30
Steve Garcia, 25

MAY 23

Beau Baker, 38
Sean Loeffler, 35
Myles Price, 29

MAY 24

Paulo Filho, 39
Frank Mir, 38
Alex Serdyukov, 37
Josh Thornburg, 33

MAY 25

Brad Blackburn, 40
Hudson Rocha, 36
Mark Anthony Serkez, 36
Ulysses Gomez, 34
Dan Lariviere, 34
Scott Askham, 29
Ben Fodor, 29

MAY 26

Kenny Florian, 41
Rob McCullough, 40
Lyman Good, 32
Jeremy Stephens, 31
Ricky Steele, 29

MAY 27

Gideon Ray, 44
Chris Cariaso, 36
Will Campuzano, 31
Diego Brandao, 30
Michael Hill, 30
Anthony Leone, 30
Geane Herrera, 27

MAY 28

Rory Singer, 41
Aaron Rosa, 36
Scott Heckman, 33

MAY 29

Travis Fulton, 40
Mamoru Yamaguchi, 40
Georgi Karakhanyan, 32
Steven Peterson, 27

MAY 30

Lyoto Machida, 39
Yves Jabouin, 38
Ivan Menjivar, 35
Bart Palaszewski, 34
Amanda Nunes, 29

MAY 31

Akitoshi Tamura, 37
Maria Rios, 34
Elias Theodorou, 29
Jessin Ayari, 25

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