A heavyweight bout featuring perennial division contenders Alistair Overeem and Aleksei Oleinik headlined today’s UFC event in St. Petersburg.
Alistair Overeem was last seen in action at November’s UFC event in Beijing, where he scored a first round TKO victory over Sergey Pavlovich.
Meanwhile, Aleksei Oleinik enters tonight’s main event on a two-fight win steak, his latest being a submission win over Mark Hunt.
Round one begins and Overeem and Oleinik clinch early. The fight hits to the floor with Overeem on top but in Oleinik’s dangerous guard. Overeem gets back to his feet. He lands a head kick followed by a knee. Overeem clinches up and scores a trip. Oleinik is back up and charges in with some big loopy punches. Oleinik connects with a big shot. He is trying to get the TKO but Overeem is covering up well. Overeem gets off the cage and resets. A big knee from Overeem lands. Oleinik with some hard body shots. Another big knee scores for Overeem. Oleinik returns fire with punches in bunches. Oleinik with a right hand and pushes Overeem against the cage. Alistair circles out and lands two nasty knees. The fighters battle from the clinch. Oleinik with punches but Overeem is getting off with these knees. He sends his opponent to the floor. Some follow up shots and this one is all over.
Alistair Overeem def. Aleksei Oleinik via first round TKO