Sunday May 8, 2016— Live from Ahoy Rotterdam the heavyweights of the UFC took center stage for a big fight that has nothing but title contention surrounding the main event. The main event features two of the top heavyweight contenders in the world as Alistar Overeem took on Andrei Arlovski. With Overeem on the biggest win streak in his UFC career, most believe that a win in Rotterdam will shoot him straight to the next crack at the title. Arlovski was riding the KO train straight to another crack at the title, but a brutal KO defeat in his last fight has himself on the outside looking in. If Arlovski should lose to Overeem, his chance at another title shot might be gone for good. In the Co main event another set of two big heavyweights collide as Stefan Struve takes on Antonio Silva, two big guys that are on the bottom of the rankings but still could be a win or two away from climbing that ladder again. Gunnar Nelson takes on Albert Tumenov and Germaine De Randamie makes her return to the octagon, Rustam Khabilov takes on Chris Wade and last but not least the debut of Josh Emmet. A full stack of prelims to kick things off, so without further or due Let’s GET THINGS STARTED!!!!
The first set of prelims get things started on the UFC Fight pass, and it’s the Flyweights that get us rolling. The late replacement Ulka Sasaki (19-3-3) took on Willie Gates (12-7), short notice no problem as Ulka Sasaki gets the 2nd round rear naked choke Submission finish. Next up in the welterweight division Leon Edwards (11-3) took on Dominic Waters (9-5), after going the distance and despite being injured the winner by unanimous decision Leon Edwards. Next up in the featured prelim bout on Fight Pass the Flyweights took center stage, as former title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi (17-2) took on Neil Seery (16-12), after going the distance and putting on a clinic the winner by unanimous decision Kyoji Horiguchi.
As the prelims head to FS1 the first bout is in the lightweight division as Yan Cabral (12-3) took on Reza Madadi (14-4), in the 2nd the winner by TKO Reza Madadi. Next we stay in the lightweight division as Team Alpha Males new star undefeated fighter Josh Emmett (10-0) took on Jon Tuck (9-3), after going the distance in a neck and neck fight the winner by split decision Josh Emmett. Emmett broke his finger mid-way through the 3rd but still managed to get the win. Next in the middleweight division Magnus Cedenblad (14-4) took on Garreth McLellen (13-4), In the 2nd round the winner by TKO Magnus Cedenblad.
Next up in the features prelim bout a lightweight showdown between Chris Wade (11-2) and Rustam Khabilov (19-3), after going the distance the winner by unanimous decision Rustam Khabilov. A big head kick by Wade in the 2nd rocked Khabilov, but Rustam was able to recover and finish the fight. The main card kicks off in the women’s strawweight division as the undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz (9-0) took on Heather Jo Clark (7-5), after going the distance in a back and forth war the winner by unanimous decision and still undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
The card roles on as the next fight was in the light heavyweight division as Nikita Krylov (20-4) took on Francimar Barroso (18-5), in the 2nd round the winner by rear naked choke submission Nikita Krylov. Next up in the women’s bantamweight division Germaine De Randamie (6-3) took on the debuting undefeated Anna Elmose (3-1), In the 1st round the hometown hero Germaine De Randamie gets the TKO victory. Next up in the welterweight division Gunnar Nelson (15-2-1) took on Albert Tumenov (17-3), in the 2nd round the winner by rear naked choke Gunnar Nelson.
Co Main Event Heavyweight Division
#12 Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (19-9) Vs Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (31-8)
The co main event featured two heavyweights that are legends of the sport, Big Foot and The Skyscraper are at the bottom of the heavyweight contender list but as veterans of the game they both know a win or two in a row can shoot them into the top 15 and possibly earn them a higher ranked opponent in their next fight. Two heavyweight warriors set to do battle! The 1st round starts out with Silva shooting in and Struve caught him with a jab, and as they go into the clench Struve hits a big knee to the body and Silva dropped to his knees. Struve piled on with the elbows to the temple and that was it. The winner by TKO Stefan Struve. A huge win for Struve in front of his home town.
Main Event Heavyweight Division
#3 Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (41-14) Vs #5 Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovski (25-12)
The main event featured two legends of MMA, from Strike Force to single digit UFC events, Overeem and Arlovski knows what it feels like to get to the top of the mountain but since their time as champions of their respective organizations they haven’t sniffed UFC gold. Now with just a win or two away from a potential title opportunity both guys are in need of a win. A lost could push them even further away for that chance at greatness. Overeem, Arlovski got to war. The 1st round starts out with Arlovski rushing Overeem lands some big shots but Overeem finds his way out. Overeem lands a knee and they go into the clench, Overeem lands a knee and they break. Overeem gets into the Muay Thai clench and lands some big Knees. Overeem throws Pitbull down and takes full mount. Some ground and pound but Overeem is on his feet, Arlovski lands an up kick and that’s the end of the 1st round. Very even through round 1 both guys landed big moves but Overeem landed the takedown late in the round. The 2nd round starts out with Arlovski throwing some volume keeping Overeem back. A nice combo landed by Overeem but Arlovski answers right back with a combo that moves Overeem back. Alistar moves in and hits a jump kick that connects clean with Arlovskis chin followed by a huge left hand that doesn’t miss, Pitbull goes down and the ground and pound begins and that was all she wrote. The winner by TKO Alistair Overeem. The biggest win in Alistair Overeem career as now he is next in line for a title shot. Tough loss for Arlovski, he looked good in the begging but just couldn’t handle the power of The Reem.
At the end of the night the UFC debut to the Netherlands was a success. All hometown heroes shined in front of their home town. What a Night!!
UFC Fight Night 87 results include:
- Alistair Overeem def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO – Round 2, 1:12
- Stefan Struve def. Antonio Silva via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:16
- Gunnar Nelson def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:15
- Germaine de Randamie def. Anna Elmose via TKO (knees and punch) – Round 1, 3:46
- Nikita Krylov def. Francimar Barroso via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:11
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Heather Jo Clark via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Rustam Khabilov def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Magnus Cedenblad def. Garreth McLellan via TKO (kick and punches) – Round 2, 0:47
- Josh Emmett def. Jon Tuck via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Reza Madadi def. Yan Cabral via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:56
- Kyoji Horiguchi def. Neil Seery via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
- Leon Edwards def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ulka Sasaki def. Willie Gates via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:30
Rick San Bartolome
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