The UFC returned to the Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, following three entertaining fight cards back on Fight Island. Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov took center stage in the main event at UFC Vegas 18 and the pros took notice.
For Alistair Overeem, the hunt was on for that elusive UFC championship. Ultimate Fighting Championship gold remains the final belt “The Demolition Man” hopes to one day place on the mantle next to his K-1, Dream and Strikeforce titles. In yet another main event in his lengthy career, this time against Alexander Volkov, that added incentive could be key. Really, it has been the driving force behind his resurgence in the heavyweight division, with his last two wins coming by way of TKO. With Overeem publicly stating this as his last run at championship gold, it was added motivation Saturday night.
Alexander Volkov believes he is on the right track at getting a shot at UFC gold and that it is his time to become a UFC champion. Of course, he needed to get past Alistair Overeem and use his legendary career to build his own resume.
That’s just what the Russian known as “Drago” did. Alexander Volkov picked Overeem apart, adding up damage from the jab and the right hand combined with his hooks, bloodying up Overeem to get the finish early in the second round.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Check out the Pros’ Take on the UFC Fight Night 18 main event between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.
Good jod Volkov you're now playing on the big men field. Be careful it's Slippery 😏#UFCVegas18
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) February 7, 2021
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) February 7, 2021
Volkov made that look easy 😬 #UFCVegas18
— Jordan Espinosa (@statechamp103) February 7, 2021
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) February 7, 2021
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 7, 2021
The MEME Alistear OVEREME !!!!
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) February 7, 2021
It sucks watching legends get old!
— Funky (@Benaskren) February 7, 2021
The co-main and main event weren't fun for me to watch, in my opinion. Cause I absolutely love both Overeem and Edgar.. legends in the game at the tail end of the career. Absolutely respect them both 👏
— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) February 7, 2021
I forgot overeem does that covering stuff. 🤦🏾♂️
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) February 7, 2021