Andrei Arlovski’s chin cracked first.
Alistair Overeem cut down the Belarusian with a jumping front kick to the chin, a clean left hook and follow-up ground-and-pound in the second round of their UFC Fight Night “Overeem vs. Arlovski” headliner on Sunday at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Overeem (41-14, 6-3 UFC) closed it out 72 seconds into round two.
Arlovksi (25-12, 14-6 UFC) blitzed the Dutchman with punches early in the first round and backed off, as the two heavyweight settled into a measured pace. Overeem executed a trip takedown and chewed up the remaining time with ground-and-pound. Roughly a minute into round two, he delivered the front kick and followed with an immediate left hook that dropped Arlovski. Overeem pounced with right hands, leaving referee Marc Goddard no choice but to rescue “The Pit Bull.”
Afterward, Overeem set his sights on the UFC heavyweight championship and the winner of the forthcoming matchup between current titleholder Fabricio Werdum and No. 1 contender Stipe Miocic.
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Struve Dismisses ‘Bigfoot’ in 15 Seconds
Stefan Struve blew away former EliteXC champion Antonio Silva with vicious elbow strikes in the first round of their heavyweight co-main event. Silva (19-9-1, 3-6-1 UFC) wilted just 15 seconds into round one, as he suffered his fourth defeat in five outings.
Struve (27-8, 11-6 UFC) clipped the incoming “Bigfoot” with a pair of right hands and drove a knee into his chest, leaving the fallen Brazilian to cling to his legs in desperation. A stream of unanswered elbows to the head of the kneeling Silva followed, forcing the stoppage.
Nelson Slows Tumenov’s Rise
SBG Ireland’s Gunnar Nelson submitted Albert Tumenov with a second-round neck crank in their highly anticipated welterweight showcase. Tumenov (17-3, 5-2 UFC) bowed out 3:15 into round two, his five-fight winning streak at an end.
Nelson (15-2-1, 6-2 UFC) brought the fight to the Russian striker, keeping him off-balance with lunging punches and reactive takedowns. He advanced to mount in the first round and hammered away with elbows before doing so again in the second. There, Nelson climbed to the back, snaked his arms into place and squeezed until Tumenov gave in to the pain.
De Randamie Knee Wrecks Elmose
Strikeforce veteran Germaine de Randamie wiped out Rumble Sports export Anna Elmose with a first-round knee strike to the body in their women’s bantamweight feature. Elmose (3-1, 0-1 UFC) folded 3:46 into round one.
De Randamie (6-3, 3-1 UFC) used her superior size and experience to break down the newcomer. She fired away from the outside before closing the distance and uncorking knees. She directed them first at the head and then turned her attention to the body. De Randamie found the solar plexus with a perfectly placed blow, melting the Dane where she stood.
The 32-year-old de Randamie is 4-1 across her last five appearances.
Krylov Choke Submits Barroso
Nikita Krylov submitted Nova Uniao’s Francimar Barroso with a second-round rear-naked choke in their featured clash at 205 pounds. Barroso (18-5, 3-2 UFC) conceded defeat 3:11 into round two, as he was submitted for the first time in his 23-fight career.
Krylov (20-4, 5-2 UFC) drew the Brazilian into a brawl, as the two light heavyweights traded winging punches in several exchanges. In the second round, the Ukrainian drove Barroso to the mat, applied his ground-and-pound with forearm shivers, shoulder strikes, short punches, elbows and even a head butt to the chest for which he received a warning. Krylov eventually scrambled to the back, threaded his hooks and locked in the choke for the tapout.
The 24-year-old Krylov has won four fights in a row, all of them finishes.
Unbeaten Kowalkiewicz Sinks Clark
Former KSW champion Karolina Kowalkiewicz continued her climb on the 115-pound ladder, as she captured a unanimous verdict over Heather Clark in a three-round women’s strawweight showcase. The undefeated Kowalkiewicz (9-0, 2-0 UFC) swept the scorecards with 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 nods from the judges.
Clark (7-5, 1-1 UFC) backed up the Pole with overhand rights in the first round but could not keep up with the pace that was set. Kowalkiewicz unfurled two-, three- and four-punch combinations to the head and body, mixing in jabs upstairs, knees to the body and sneaky right uppercuts. The 30-year-old did some stellar work in close quarters, as well, hammering Clark with standing elbows and savage knee strikes to the body and head from the clinch.
The loss put an end to a two-fight losing streak for Clark.