The UFC kicks off a busy month of May by hosting their debut in Holland. The card features a number of top contender bouts plus a heavyweight main event with major title implications.
What: UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski
Where: Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Holland
When: Sunday, UFC Fight Pass has three fights starting at 10:30 a.m. ET; FOX Sports 1 has rest of card starting at 12 p.m. ET with the main card at 2 p.m. ET.
Alistair Overeem vs. Andrei Arlovski
This is a tough call as neither takes punishment particularly well (although, there is a case to be made that claims about Arlovski’s poor chin or somewhat overstated). Either way, both have enough power to put the other’s lights out in a shot or two. That’s true at heavyweight, generally, but especially so here because you’re dealing with two powerful, accomplished and accurate strikers. A pick in either direction is justified, but if I have to lean one direction, it’s probably toward Overeem. Despite his flaws, he showed a tremendous amount of patience against JDS. More than that, he has a more diverse striking arsenal, which allows him to operate at a variety of ranges. If he’s even a little careless, Arlovski will make him pay, but to the extent this fight is slowed down and fought at Overeem’s kickboxing range, it’s his to lose.
Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
As I mentioned above, it’d be foolish to look at virtually any heavyweight pairing and suggest the underdog has no reasonable path to victory. Silva’s seen better days, but he’s still a powerful puncher with an aggressive streak at times. Still, this seems like a fight Struve shouldn’t lose. He claims he’s over any lingering heart problems and has accordingly upped to intensity in both practice and ….View full article
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