Overeem, Sterling sign new UFC deals

Alistair Overeem and Aljamain Sterling have extended their stay in the UFC after signing new contracts. 

There had been speculation that the pair may sign for Bellator MMA, but those rumours have now been put to bed after both fighters put pen to new contracts.

Overeem, who confirmed that he had signed a new contract via Twitter on Monday, is currently ranked third in the heavyweight division and could be a contender for the heavyweight title down the line as he is on a three-fight winning streak.

Sterling meanwhile has a 12-0 MMA record and has won all four of his UFC bantamweight bouts to date, with his latest victim Johnny Eduardo, who was made to submit via the standing guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 80 in December 2015.

Sterling revealed that he re-signed with the UFC as he had received an improved offer, and wanted to continue being part of the organisation’s roster.

“The contract was a lot more lucrative than the original offer. 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,” Sterling told The MMA Hour. “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.”