On Saturday night, Alistair Overeem headlined against fellow decorates striker, Augusto Sakai.
Overeem is one of the few fighters to win bouts over the course of four decades. The fight would mark one of his last, as he has stated he is currently taking a run at one last title shot, before hanging up his gloves.
Main Card – Results:
Alistair Overeem def. Augusto Sakai via 5th round KO.
Ovince Saint Preux def. Alonzo Menifield via 2nd round KO.
Michel Pereira def. Zelim Imadaev via 3rd round submission.
Andre Muniz def. Bartosz Fabinski via 1st round submission.
Brian Kelleher def. Ray Rodriguez via 1st round submission.
Viviane Araujo def. Montana De La Rosa via unanimous decision.
Hunter Azure def. Cole Smith via unanimous decision
Alistair Overeem comes from behind – Overeems TKO victory was especially impressive. If there is one thing called into question about Overeems weaknesses, it’s his chin. Due to the fact that he taking a lot of damage over his career and has suffered multiple KO losses. However, in this fight, you’d never know it was the case. To Sakai’s credit, he showcased brilliant striking and dealt Overeem a tremendous amount of damage, looking like he could get the KO win. But Overeems well rounded technique and experience came into play. He absorbed the damage and in the later round began mixing in the grappling, securing takedowns and dealing ground and pound. Until eventually, Sakai was exhausted and taking too much damage on his back. A great come from behind win, and the final title run continues.
OSP takes out the up and comer – We knew coming in that this could be an explosive fight. All you had to do was look at the size and build of both fighters. The fight was very much a story of Alonzo exploding with a flurry of strikes and OSP looking to counter, particularly with his powerful left hand. Eventually, OSP came out the victor. Alonzo had another flurry, and as he came in, OSP caught him with a beautiful left hand, leaving Alonzo flat on his belly and out cold.
Periera find the balance – Michel Periera May be one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roster. Showcasing some of the craziest techniques and movements we’ve ever seen inside the octagon. Front flips, backflips, breakdancing, you name it. And we’re not talking pre or post fight, it’s in the middle of battle with his opponent. However, this has often come at a cost, with the flashy moves leaving Periera to tire himself out while not scoring points. But on Saturday night, he may have put on his best performance yet. Finding the balance between fundamental striking and damaging his opponent, but also keeping some of his flash, which helped excite the fans at home and bait his opponent in.