Two of the most sought after MMA free agents how now made their decisions on which MMA promotion that they will sign for. Alistair Overeem announced on twitter that he has resigned with the UFC and Aljamain Sterling announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he has also re-signed with the UFC.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 15, 2016
Overeem (40-14-1 MMA) is currently on an impressive winning streak since a disappointing loss to Ben Rothwell. Wins over Stefan Struve (KO), Roy Nelson (decision) and Junior dos Santos (TKO) currently have Overeem ranked 3rd in the official UFC heavyweight rankings
Sterling (12-0 MMA) announced his decision with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour.
“The contract was a lot more lucrative than the original offer,” Sterling told Helwani. “In terms of the upfront money and the back end money in terms of becoming the champ and things like that, there was a lot more to offer with those guys. Ultimately, there are a whole bunch of different things that go into it. The marketing, the publicity, and of course, you can’t really put a value on the UFC name. That alone has a value of itself. If you go out there and say, ‘I fight for the UFC,’ people automatically know exactly what that is. Whether or not they watch it, but they know exactly what that is.
“Ultimately, I think I made the right decision. I got some extra incentives in there, so I’m happy with the decision I made. I’m excited, because I honestly believe I’m the best guy in the division.”
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