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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 87’s Alistair Overeem

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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 87s Alistair Overeem

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 87 headliner Alistair Overeem, who looks to potentially earn a title shot this Sunday (May 8, 2016) inside Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Former Strikeforce Heavyweight kingpin, Alistair Overeem, is set to battle with fellow knockout artist, Andrei Arlovski, this Sunday (May 8, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 87 inside Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Back in 2014, Overeem’s UFC career was in serious jeopardy. The Dutchman had lost three of his last four via knockout, and that sole victory came in the form of a ho-hum decision win against a very unmotivated-looking Frank Mir.

Since then, Overeem’s adjustments and move to Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA have taken effect. He’s won his last three fights in clear and fairly dominant fashion, including a knockout victory over Junior dos Santos. If he can extend his win streak to four here, Overeem will have as strong a case for a title shot as anyone.

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set:

Striking

Once Overeem was in the UFC competing at the highest level, his method of kickboxing that he had been utilizing to great success in K-1 showed some holes. Namely, Overeem was too stationary and relied on his guard to defend himself, which is a difficult proposition in tiny MMA gloves.

These issues — along with a habit of gassing himself out — cost Overeem some important wins and caused him to absorb many punches.

Since then, Overeem has made some significant strides in changing his game. Rather than simply marching forward into the clinch, Overeem has adopted a more in-and-out style of striking to great results.

As a reasonably long and tall Heavyweight with far more tools and experience than the majority of his ….View full article

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