Amsterdam native Alistair Overeem scored an impressive win over Andrei Arlovski in the main event at UFC Fight Night 87 in The Netherlands.
After Arlovski pressured Overeem for the first half of the first round, Overeem got a takedown and started to take the momentum from The Pitbull with body kicks.
The finish came 1:12 into the second round. Overeem connected with a switch kick followed up by a quick left hook that dropped Arlovski and after a few strikes, referee Marc Goddard was forced to call the bout.
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No Fight-of-the-Night was awarded but Overeem, Stefan Stuve, Germaine de Randamie and Gunnar Nelsons all earned $50,000 USD awards apiece.
Kenai Andrews checks in.
#10 KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VS HEATHER JO CLARK
WINNER: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAROLINA KOWALKIEWICZ VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Clark proved to be tough and got some shots in, but ultimately had no answer for the striking of Karolina. Great win for Kowalkiewicz.
#14 NIKITA KRYLOV VS FRANCIMAR BARROSO
WINNER: NIKITA KRYLOV VIA SUBMISSION R2 3:11
ANDREWS PREDICTION: NIKITA KRYLOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Krylov took advantage of a mistake by the ref who did not stand up the fighters after her committed an headbutt foul. He took the back and clamped o the choke quickly. You have to wonder what could have happened if the ref stood them up.
#14 GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VS ANNA ELMOSE
WINNER: GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE VIA TKO R1 3:46
ANDREWS PREDICTION: GERMAINE DE RANADAMIE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: De Randamie dominated from the beginning, landing a vicious knee to the body in a Thai plum that crumpled Elmose. Great win for The Iron Lady.
#13 ALBERT TUMENOV VS GUNNAR NELSON
WINNER: GUNNAR NELSON VIA SUBMISSION R2 3:15
ANDREWS PREDICTION:ALBERT TUMENOV VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION
Andrews: Impressive win for Nelson, was back to his dynamic self. He sucked in Tumenov and used takedowns and strikes to soften him up for the rear-naked choke. A great win for Gunni.
#12 ANTONIO SILVA VS STEFAN STRUVE
WINNER: STEFAN STRUVE VIA TKO R1 0:15
ANDREWS PREDICTION: STEFAN STRUVE VIA SUBMISSION
Andrews: Where has this Stefan Struve been hiding? This is what everyone has been waiting for Struve to display.
#3 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS #5 ANDREI ARLOVSKI
WINNER: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO R2 1:12
ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANDREI ARLOVSKI VIA TKO
Andrews: Overeem stole the momentum from Arlovski in the second half of the first round with body kicks and a takedown. Then in the second, he connected on a switch kick and a quick left hook out of nowhere that dropped The Pitbull. Once Overeem started to find his range, the fight was over. Good win for Reema and hard luck for Arlovski.