LAS VEGAS – We’ve been waiting almost a decade for the Alistair Overeem vs Mark Hunt fight, which was nothing like their first encounter.
Overeem defeated Hunt in the first-round with a submission in the 2008 fight, but this fight took him until the third round at the 1:44 mark to finish the job.
The heavyweight battle opened up UFC 209 event that took place in Vegas tonight.
Overeem, coming off his loss to Stipe Miocic in his last fight in September and made one thing clear tonight… “We’re not done yet”, Overeem said in his post-fight interview. “We’re back up there, man.”
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During rounds 1 and 2, Overeem had a series of front kicks, jabs and knees in his arsenal and the strikes were effective, as was evidence on Hunt’s face.
Hunt said we was “forced” into his UFC 209 fight, is dealing with a pending lawsuit against the UFC had a monster moment when he landed a hard elbow to Overeem’s chin. Lucky for Overeem, he kept his composure and kept the attacks to a minimum.
The third round started off looking like it was anyones game, although Overeem ran away from Hunt in the first minute, which caused the crowd to boo. (We know, we would be too)
Moments later though, he got Hunt up against the cage and landed a knee to the chin that ended Hunt.
“I don’t know what’s next,” Overeem said. “Probably some time off, but I don’t want to be away too long. There are a couple of new guys coming, so I’d like to put them away. There’s also the title fight, Stipe (Miocic) vs. (Junior Dos Santos). If JDS would win that fight, I could see myself lining up against him as I was his last loss; I think he’d want revenge and I’m very open to that idea. Francis Ngannou is one of the new guys I mentioned. I know Francis from France, and I’m definitely interested in him as an opponent.”
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