It took all of 19 seconds for Alistair Overeem to dispatch of former UFC prospect Todd Duffee to become the new Dream interim heavyweight champion.
Certainly everyone understood going into Friday’s match-up that Duffee was a huge underdog and he was taking the fight on short notice. The Las Vegas based fighter took his swings early at the recent K-1 Grand Prix champion, but swinging is all he did.
Overeem moved forward and launched a knee at Duffee’s midsection, taking his breath away before connecting with a flush right hand that rattled his opponent’s skull. One second later, Overeem’s left found a home on Duffee’s jaw and he collapsed to the mat, falling halfway out of the ring.
The fight was stopped immediately as Alistair Overeem closed out his 2010 much the way the entire year went for the giant Dutchman.
“This year I won three world titles, Strikeforce, then K-1, and now Dream,” Overeem said after the win. “I promise you all I’m going to keep giving you great fights.”
Overeem hasn’t stated yet what is next for him, but it’s assumed he will return to the United States at some point during the first half of 2011 to defend his Strikeforce heavyweight title, possibly against Fabricio Werdum.
For now, 2010 can truly be called the year of “The Reem.”