At thirty three years of age, Alistair Overeem professionally for over fifteen years and regards of the outcome of his UFC 169 bout with Frank Mir, he isn't planning to retire anytime soon:
So while much of the retirement speculation has focused on Mir, it’s not illogical that Overeem, in the event of a loss and potential UFC release, might himself do a little void-staring—especially given that he could probably move back into pure kickboxing without much trouble.
But contradictory to previous comments, Overeem says now that he won’t consider retirement, win or lose, after UFC 169. He seems determined to make it in the octagon, too. So no move back to kickboxing.
“No, I’m not going to retire,” Overeem said. “Not going anywhere. I’m focused on the UFC. It’s the biggest stage.”
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A lot of speculation recently has been on whether or not Frank Mir would retire, but he emphatically denied that in an interview earlier this week.
Retirement of not, a win at UFC 169 is important for both Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem's career and viability has a heavyweight contender.