Overeem Stops Oleynik in Power-Filled First

Alistair Overeem’s path to another UFC heavyweight title shot continues, as he scored another first-round TKO in his win over Aleksei Oleynik in the main event of UFC St. Petersburg.

Overeem found himself trouble early on in the fight, as Oleynik immediately pulled guard on him and attempted his signature Ezekiel Choke. Overeem survived and tried to keep away from Oleynik while picking his shots.

Overeem, however, was rocked by an overhand right and forced back to the cage as Oleynik fired away with a flurry of punches. It turned out that Overeem was just playing possum though, and he didn’t take as many punches before stuffing an Oleynik takedown attempt.

A clinch battle soon ensued with Overeem throwing hard knees, while Oleynik scored several body shots. One of Overeem’s knees ended up dropping Oleynik and Overeem, after some hesitation, threw some ground-and-pound until the fight was called off.

 

UFC St. Petersburg Main Card:
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem def. Aleksei Oleynik via TKO (Rd. 1, 4:45)
Lightweight: Islam Makhachev def. Arman Tsarukyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Heavyweight: Sergey Pavlovich def. Marcelo Golm via KO (Rd. 1, 1:06)
Women’s Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi def. Antonina Shevchenko via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko def. Alen Amedovski via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

UFC St. Petersburg Preliminary Card:
Featherweight: Movsar Evloev def. Seung Woo Choi via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)
Welterweight: Sultan Aliev def. Keita Nakamura via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva via submission (guillotine) (Rd. 2, 3:10)
Heavyweight: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (Rd. 2, 3:15)
Light Heavyweight: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via KO (Rd. 1, 0:44)
Lightweight: Magomed Mustafaev def. Rafael Fiziev via TKO (Rd. 1, 1:26)

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