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We’ve seen many different versions of Alistair Overeem over the years — Skinnyreem (aka PRIDE-era Reem), Demolition Man Reem (aka K1-era Reem), and of course Ubereem (aka Arianny be mirin Reem), but thanks to a few humbling losses and a USADA-backed drug-testing program, we’ve seen a newer, arguably better Overeem emerge in recent years. One who relied less on overwhelming power and arrogance to carry him to victory and more on dynamic and patiently-implemented offense. A “Newbereem” if you will.
At Fight Night 89 on Sunday, Newbereem unveiled what may very well be his final form — a trimmed-down, 248-pound version of the goliath we once knew with a positively Super Saiyan-esque haircut — and the results were nothing short of spectacular. Facing off against Jackson-Wink teammate and former Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, Overeem looked calm under pressure, fierce when on the offensive, and finished the fight with arguably the most impressive sequence of his UFC career. He frickin’ crane kicked Arlovski in the face is what he did, then followed it up with some hellacious ground and pound to put away the “Pit Bull” in what may very well end up being a performance that earns him a title shot.
Ubereem is dead. All hail Newbereem.
More highlights/results from Fight Night 87 after the jump.
In Fight Night 87′s co-main event, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva also debuted his newest form — let’s call him “Hipsterfoot” — but aside from a new haircut, there was sadly nothing new about him. Against the 7 foot Stefan Struve, Silva was rocked, dropped, and finished off with a series of elbows from the clinch in less than 15 seconds, bringing his momentous 1-fight winning streak ….View full article