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UFC on ESPN+ 7: Overeem stops scrappy Oleynik late in first round

"The Reem" reigns supreme

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem earned his 45th win of his career with a late first round stoppage of No. 9 Alexey Oleynik (57-12-1) in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 7 Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Overeem shrugged off several Oleynik submission attempts, including the beginning of what looked like the dreaded Ezekiel choke. He also overcame a left hook that appeared to stun him and fired off his trademark knees followed by strikes in the clinch which floored Oleynik late in the first round. Followup strikes forced referee Marc Goddard to stop the contest at 4:45.

With the win, Overeem now has a two fight win streak, while snapping Oleynik’s two fight win streak.

Islam Makhachev and Amran Tsarukyan earned Fight of the Night, while Magomed Mustafaev and Sergei Pavlovich earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

MAGOMED MUSTAFAEV DEF. RAFAEL FIZIEV VIA TKO (SPINNING KICK AND PUNCHES) R1 1:26

MICHAL OLEKSIEJCZUK DEF. GADZHIMURAD ANTIGULOV VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:44

SHAMIL ABDURAKHIMOV DEF. Marcin Tybura VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 3:15

ALEXANDER YAKOVLEV DEF. ALEX DA SILVA COELHO VIA SUBMISSION (MODIFIED GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R2 3:10

SULTAN ALIEV DEF. KELTA NAKAMURA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MOVSAR EVLOEV DEF. SEUNG WOO CHOI VIA UD (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)

MAIN CARD

KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VS. ALEN AMEDOVSKI

 

WINNER: KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VIA UD (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEN AMEDOVSKI VIA TKO

Andrews: So much for the upset. Jotko went out about his business, early and often. Good win.

ROXANNE MODAFFERI VS. ANTONIA SHEVCHENKO 

 

WINNER: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UD

Andrews: Wow. Roxanne getting the split on the road.

SERGEI PAVLOVICH VS. MARCELO GOLM

 

WINNER: SERGEI PAVLOVICH VIA TKO R1 1:06

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SERGEI PAVLOVICH VIA TKO

Andrews: Somebody was going to finish the fight, but Sergei connected first.

ISLAM MAKHACHEV VS. ARMAN TSRUKYAN 

 

 WINNER: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ISLAM MAKHACHEV VIA UD

Andrews: Good fight. Arman came up a bit short but he’ll be back.

MAIN EVENT

#7 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS. #9 ALEXEY OLEYNIK 

 

WINNER: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 4:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA UD

Andrews: Good win for The Reem. He took Alexey’s best shots and came back with his own.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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