Last night, the UFC touched down in glimmering Las Vegas, Nevada with the stacked UFC 209.
This action-packed card was crammed to the edges with exciting moments. Perhaps the most exciting moment of the entire card, however, occurred in the first fight of the pay-per-view, when former Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem scored a crushing knockout over fellow striking veteran Mark Hunt. This knockout, which occured in the third round, was dealt with a knee and a handful of punches.
Unsurprisingly, Overeem’s crushing, knee induced KO of the notoriously durable Hunt produced some big reactions from the MMA community. Without further ado, Here are some of the best reactions generated by Alistair Overeem’s thunderous knockout win.
Damn… Reem looked sharp and calculated tonight. That was a very smart performance. #UFC209
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 5, 2017
Horse meat baby!
— Anthony Rocco Martin (@TonyRoccoMartin) March 5, 2017
Umm what a nasty knee #ufc209
— Mitch Gagnon (@MitchGagnonUFC) March 5, 2017
And Hunt has left the building. #ufc209
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) March 5, 2017
@Alistairovereem awesome win
— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) March 5, 2017
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) March 5, 2017
Congrats to the juice monkey Alisteroid Testostereeem 🙄
— Nicolas “Lokomotivo” Dalby (@DalbyMMA) March 5, 2017
Nice win @Alistairovereem looked good
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) March 5, 2017
With his thudding, knee-induced knockout of Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem rebounds from a disappointing first-round knockout to reigning heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, which marked a failed attempt to claim the UFC heavyweight title. Prior to this loss, the former Strikeforce champ was riding high on a four fight win streak. This streak included a knockout of fellow Dutchman Stefan Struve, a decision defeat of the game Roy Nelson, a TKO defeat of Junior Dos Santos, and another TKO defeat of former training partner Andrei Arlovski.
In defeat, Hunt slides further into a disappointing stretch. In his last fight, which occurred in the co-main event of UFC 200 in July, he was outwrestled to a decision loss to former champ Brock Lesnar. Regrettably, this loss was overturned when Lesnar failed a pair of drug tests. In his most recent bout before this no contest with Lesnar, Hunt scored knockout wins over Frank Mir and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
What did you think of Alistair Overeem’s crushing, knee induced knockout of the ever durable Mark Hunt? Sound off in the comments section, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/5/2017.