Alistair Overeem Controversially Beats Fabricio Werdum In UFC 213 Trilogy Fight

Lynette Rowe
July 9, 2017

Overeem does a much better job of fighting strategically since their last encounter and still brings a ton of power to the table, but despite my reservations about his approach, I'm still picking Werdum. Werdum with a leg kick. After a brief moment in guard, Overeem would stand back to his feet without anything significant happening on the mat.

Potentially risky spot for Overeem here despite being on top given Werdum's submission skilss. A left hand stuns Werdum and is followed by a hard knee. Overeem lands a flush head kick on Werdum and ducks away from the return fire. Nice punch from Overeem as he comes forward. Werdum with a kick but Alistair replies with a straight right hand.

Another flying side kick to open the round for Werdum but it misses.

Sensing Overeem was in trouble, Werdum kept the pressure high with strikes and secured a takedown. It misses as Alistair Overeem slides out of the way.

Front kick to the body for Werdum.

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After controlling most of the first two rounds, Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was fortunate to survive after a late surge from Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), hanging on to win a majority decision victory with scores of 28-28, 29-28, and 29-28. Body kick for Werdum. He's only lost once since their second fight and that's when he got over-eager and ran face-first into Stipe Miocic's right hand. Werdum is working some short punches and elbows now.

Overeem took a far less aggressive route. This is bad news for Overeem. Ten months after Overeem was knocked out in the first round against Miocic during their heavyweight championship bout, the Dutch striker appears to be close to a second chance considering the extreme lack of depth in the division. Two minutes still to go in the round. Right hook to the temple from Werdum. The second frame was clearly won by Overeem, but not by a wide margin. He's taking deep breaths though and Werdum is remaining heavy on top. A combo after that hurts Overeem again and Werdum takes him down. He lands punches and elbows from the top.

The rivalry started over a decade ago in 2006, when Werdum submitted Overeem with a kimura at Pride Total Elimination Absolute.

Once the final horn sounded, two judges had the fight in favor of Overeem while one scored it a draw, netting Overeem the win via majority decision.

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