Alistair Overeem Almost Pummels Pavlovich’s Head Through The Canvass In Rd 1 Destruction
Alistair Overeem has been a staple of the UFC’s heavyweight division ever since he made his debut back in 2011. The London-born Dutchman came into mixed martial arts after an illustrious career in kickboxing and even reached the pinnacle of the sport as he went on to win the K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2010.
That isn’t to say The Reem hasn’t had a storied career in MMA, in the 20 years since his 1998 debut, he has collected championships in almost every promotion he has competed in and even fought a losing effort for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 203.
Basically, Overeem has fought a whos who during his time in MMA and prior to this fight had competed in the Octagon 14 times, making him one of the most experienced heavyweights currently on the UFC roster.
As a result, more than a few eyebrows were raised when Overeem was booked to face relatively unknown Russian Sergey Pavlovich. Not only was this fight Pavlovich’s UFC debut, but it was also his 13th professional MMA fight meaning Overeem had more Octagon time then his opponent did cage experience total.
Although it is a rather contentious benchmark for a fighters notability, it is worth mentioning that prior to facing a perennial top ten heavyweight contender in Overeem, Pavlovich didn’t even have a Wikipedia page in English.
Overeem himself even went as far as saying that he had to Google Pavlovich after the UFC offered him the fight as he didn’t know anything about him.
However, that isn’t to say the Russian wasn’t deserving of a fight with such a prestigious opponent. Despite having not fought in a year prior to today’s bout, Pavlovich had been making waves over in his native country, amassing an undefeated record in the Russian Fight Nights Global promotion.
Overeem opened up with some huge ground and pound. A big right hand followed by some hammer fists. That’s all she wrote.
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