A heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce and DREAM champion Alistair Overeem and promotional newcomer Sergey Pavlovich co-headlined tonight’s UFC Beijing event.
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.
— Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) November 23, 2018
Alistair Overeem scores a first round win for the first time since defeating Stefan Struve in December of 2014, nearly four years ago.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) November 24, 2018
Impressive from win Alistair Overeem. Pavlovich is no joke. The Reem seems here to stay #UFCBeijing
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) November 24, 2018
— Igor Araujo (@igoraraujojj) November 24, 2018
Even the way the fight got to the ground.. it wasn't a takedown. @Alistairovereem just threw him down like Rogers in Strikeforce. Vintage Ubereem.
— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) 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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