Alistair Overeem outstruck Roy Nelson in their main-card fight, earning a unanimous decision at UFC 185 in Dallas on Saturday night.
Overeem avoided heavy damage for a majority of the fight, landing shots during key moments of the 15-minute affair before earning the judges’ nod with scores of 30-27 across the panel.
Overeem landed several leg kicks and knees to the body in the opening round. Nelson had a brief flurry, throwing several punches to a covered up Overeem, but the Dutch fighter countered and worked back to landing more knees throughout the round.
Nelson again had a brief moment of advantage, landing a right hand that looked as though it shook Overeem. However, the former Strikeforce champion largely avoided damage by circling away, even turning and revealing his back at various points. Overall, Overeem landed the greater number of strikes in Round 2.
Overeem continued avoiding damage and landing shots before the final moments of the fight, when Nelson landed a clean left hook. Overeem dropped to the floor and Nelson went to the ground and pound, but Overeem quickly recovered and returned to the feet. After surviving the late surge by Nelson, Overeem clinched and rode the remaining time to the unanimous decision.
With the win, Overeem gets back on the winning track and rebounds from his previous fight, a loss to Ben Rothwell back in September of last year.
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