With an almost exclusive knee-based striking offence, Alistair Overeem weathered through all that Aleksei Oleinik could throw at him on the feet before scoring his 40th career stoppage in the first-round.
Opening up the fight with Oleinik pulling guard in an attempt at sinking in his trademark Ezekiel choke, Oleinik would go on to dictate the tempo of the fight once the bout returned to a vertical position.
Applying a constant forward pressure, Oleinik looked to test the chin of Overeem but the Dutch kickboxer routinely blocked his opponent’s striking attempts and intermittently peppered away with knees in the clinch.
Once Overeem began to sense his opening in the open space, ‘The Demolition Man’ would target Oleinik’s head with knees from unusual angles and dropped the 41-year old before a barrage of strikes on the mat brought about a first-round TKO win.
Alistair Overeem def. Alexei Oleinik via TKO (Round 1, 4:45)
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