Alistair Overeem stops Augusto Sakai at UFC Vegas 9
The UFC hosted it’s ninth event from the APEX this evening. It was a wild event and it all started way before the event started. The promotion lost several fights that left UFC Vegas 9 with just seven fights. Due to this, they decided to just have a fight card instead of having prelims and a main card.
In the main event of the evening Alistair Overeem (47-18, 1 NC) took on Augusto Sakai (15-2-1) in a fight that was massive for the UFC‘s heavyweight division. Both men were looking to take another step towards a future shot at the heavyweight crown.
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Overeem Continues Final UFC Run
In a back and forth battle, Alistair Overeem was able to stop Augusto Sakai. This fight all came down to the experience of Overeem. This is a massive UFC win for Overeem who is in the twilight of his professional career.
Early on in the main event of UFC Vegas 9, Augusto Sakai was getting the better of Overeem. Overeem, the decorated striker, was getting outstruck on the feet. Sakai was doing a fantastic job of using blitzes to stifle Overeem against the fence.
However, halfway through the fight, Overeem made the winning adjustment. He started taking Sakai down. Once Overeem got Sakai down, Sakai really had no answer. Overeem got Sakai down in the fifth round for the final time and earned his second UFC main event victory of 2020.
For the second straight fight, Overeem had to battle adversity. However, Overeem was able to overcome it to win the fight. At 40 years old, Overeem is trying for one final run at the UFC heavyweight title.
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