My Thoughts From The UFC Fight Night 87 Main Card
Alistair Overeem def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO – Round 2, 1:12
Wax on, wax off young Daniel-San. Alistair channeled his inner karate kid when he landed that crane kick to Arlovski’s chin. I thought Andrei was better on the feet but Overeem had more power. Alistair got the fight to the ground in round 1 and that helped keep Arlovski guessing. I really thought Overeem was starting to get that roll over and play dead look in his eyes, but ended up throwing a kick nobody would ever imagine him throwing. Andrei has a reputation for a weak chin so it was no surprise he went down from a crisp shot to the noggin.
Stefan Struve def. Antonio Silva via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:16
I was getting ready to tweet my excitement for the matchup and it was over. Struve came out to prove a point, landed a straight punch to the chin and the rest was history. I thought the stoppage was a little early but Antonio Silva wasn’t complaining so I won’t complain either.
Gunnar Nelson def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:15
Gunnar Nelson looked sharp against Albert Tumenov. His standup was great, he mixed his striking with takedown attempts and his Jiu-Jitsu was top notch. I want to give a shout out to the giant hematoma on Tumenov’s brow. That thing was so big it could seat 7.
Germaine de Randamie def. Anna Elmose via TKO (knees and punch) – Round 1, 3:46
Huge entrance and huge knee to the breadbasket. Germaine de Randamie looked awesome and showed why the division better respect her world-class standup game. I don’t think many people will want to get hit by this woman.
Nikita Krylov def. Francimar Barroso via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11
This fight can be summed up with a few things: a great upkick from Barroso, an illegal head-butt from Krylov and a bad call from the ref to keep the fighters in the same position after the head-butt. All those things lead to a great fight and a slick submission from Nikita. He was able to tap out the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and get the W.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Heather Jo Clark via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
This was a back and forth war between these two ladies. Karolina definitely landed more but Heather Jo Clark needs to be respected for her durability. When you have that much will to keep going, you are never out of a fight. It kind of made me feel bad for complaining about a splinter I got earlier in the day. It did hurt though.