A heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce and DREAM champion Alistair Overeem and promotional newcomer Sergey Pavlovich co-headlined tonight’s UFC Beijing event.
Alistair Overeem entered tonight’s UFC Beijing event looking to rebound, this after suffering stoppage losses to Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou in his two most recent efforts.
Prior to those setbacks, “The Reem” was coming off back-to-back wins over opponents Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum.
Meanwhile, Sergey Pavlovich made his promotional debut at tonight’s event against Alistair Overeem. The Russian fighter entered tonight’s contest with a perfect 12-0 record, which included nine knockout victories.
After a back and forth opening few minutes, Alistair Overeem was able to score a takedown in the late stages of round one. From there “The Demolition Man” would proceed to unleash some nasty ground and pound which eventually forced the referee to step in and call a stop to the action.
Check out how the MMA community reacted after Alistair Overeem handed Sergey Pavlovich the first loss of his professional career in the UFC Beijing co-headliner.
@Alistairovereem let’s go champ!!! Show them what you are made of!!!#UFCBeijing #UFC
— Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) November 23, 2018
Impressive from win Alistair Overeem. Pavlovich is no joke. The Reem seems here to stay #UFCBeijing
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) November 24, 2018
@Alistairovereem The Reem is back! #UFCBeijing
— Igor Araujo (@igoraraujojj) November 24, 2018
REEM SMASH. #UFCBeijing
— Katrina Mahoney (@katrinajmahoney) November 24, 2018
Reem prevails. First round TKO. Great finish. Could even say a bit of a late stoppage, too.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 24, 2018
Alistair Overeem gets back on track with a blistering finish on the ground to put away Sergei Pavlovich. Just hammered him with punches and got the stoppage. Great performance for the Reem#UFCBeijing
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) November 24, 2018
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