It took several years, but former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem (pictured) finally faced off inside the cage.
Dos Santos has been resting for the past year from the brutal beatings he’s absorbed in his past two fights. And it’s not as though he didn’t look sharp against his rival, but perhaps the punishment he’s taken has finally started to catch up with him.
Overeem flattened him with a brutal left hook in the second round and the fight was stopped a few hammer fists later. Dos Santos protested the quick stoppage, but arguments can be made both ways. Regardless, dos Santos was classy in defeat, as always.
Overeem now enters free agency riding a three-fight winning streak. He rolled the dice by not signing an extension with the UFC prior to Saturday’s bout, and it appears his risk will pay off.
UFC on FOX 17 took place Saturday inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
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