UFC Fight Night Alexander Volkov puts savage beating on Alistair Overeem
Alexander Volkov lasered a straight right hand through Alistair Overeem's high guard, then wrapped a short left hook around that same defense. The latter shot crumpled Overeem in a heap, dropping him on his hands and knees to put an exclamation point on the savage beating that Volkov had just produced.
Volkov's second-round TKO of Overeem at UFC Fight Night at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday had the Russian standing in the Octagon, fully believing he's in the prime of his career.
"It's my time," Volkov said in his post-fight interview.
He added: "For sure, I want to fight for the belt. But we'll see. We have some good fights in the future at heavyweight. We'll see how it finishes and what will be my place, but I surely want a title shot."
Volkov made his case for just that by doling out blunt force trauma in Saturday night's main event. Capitalizing from a right hand that clipped Overeem and sent him careening to the canvas in the first round, Volkov let loose with more punishing rights that opened up a gash on his opponent's face as the frame ended. Volkov then picked up where he left off to begin the second, adding to the punishment by reasserting his jab and then pummeling Overeem with more stinging rights. Volkov repeatedly split Overeem's high guard at will, peppering him with straight right hands, as he landed 65 percent of his significant strikes until the thudding end.
The same right hand that he was using all night ultimately was used as a setup for the short left hook that Volkov launched into Overeem's temple to end the bout and stake "Drago's" claim as a top-tier heavyweight.Co-main event: Cory Sandhagen destroys Frankie Edgar with flying knee from hell; Bantamweight
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