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MMA Video Tribute: Alistair Overeem’s 10 Greatest Knockouts

#5: Alistair Overeem vs. Paul Buentello
Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives, 11/16/07

Technically it’s a submission-via-strikes, but Overeem’s body-knee stoppage of the Headhunter is worth including because it’s the fight that earned him his Strikeforce title in the first place.

#4: Alistair Overeem vs. Peter Aerts
K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final, 12/11/10

Speaking of belts, Overeem added a K-1 title to his collection late last year when he ran through the World Grand Prix Finals. After outpointing Tyrone Spong and TKO’ing Gokhan Saki due to injury, the Demolition Man met kickboxing legend Peter Aerts in the finals, who he had previously beaten by decision in 2009. This time, Aerts didn’t make it through the first round, and Overeem’s list of accomplishments got an impressive new entry.

#3: Alistair Overeem vs. Badr Hari
Dynamite!! 2008, 12/31/08

At the time, K-1 star Badr Hari was widely considered the most dangerous heavyweight striker in the world. Overeem walked through him, and made it look easy. That night, Overeem proved that his kickboxing wasn’t just good compared to other MMA fighters — he was truly world class.

#2: Alistair Overeem vs. Todd Duffee
Dynamite!! 2010, 12/31/10

What can you really say? Todd Duffee got alpha’d that night. The hulking American came into the fight on short notice as a massive underdog. But it was still shocking to see him sat down in just 19 seconds. Brutal.

#1: Alistair Overeem vs. Ewerton Teixeira
K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final, 12/5/09

Overeem’s knee-KO of poor Ewerton Teixeira is one of the purest, cleanest, “did he die?”-est knockouts in the history of combat sports. Maybe it didn’t mean as much as Overeem’s wins against Aerts, Hari, or Buentello, but it’s my favorite, and I can’t help it. Watching Teixeira go face-down into the mat is a thing of terrible beauty. Man, Brock, you are so screwed.

(Ben Goldstein)

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Todd M- September 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm
I agree with most of you, Not a Brock fan at all but I would love to see Brock cave Ubereem's smug smile into a bloody pulp. Fuck Overeem, he wouldn't defend that Strikeforce belt for 3 years and then Drops out of the GP because competition got to tough. Glass Jaw, Plastic Heart
unonutoB- September 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Anyone else really like watching Hari get ktfo?
samsonhawk79- September 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm
I think even more devastating that the knees Teixeira took in that last clip was the giant tarantula on his head. C'mon man, that thing has to be like 20 lbs. of dead weight.
dim mak- September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Haha--Dead Cow FTW!! Overeem looked like crap against Werdum, and I don't think he'll be able to stay off his back against Lesnar. I hate Brock as much as anyone, and I"d love to see Overeem connect with a vicious knee to his fat head when he come thundering in for a double-leg, but I don't see the Reem winning this one unless the diverculitis took a lot more out of the big flesh mound than we think.
superflat- September 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Seeing these knockouts makes me pine for Michael Schiavello, who was there for most of them and has the world's largest vocabulary when it comes to describing muscle dysmorphia. UFC needs to give him a guest spot for Lesnar v. Overeem; who else has a voice big enough to call that fight?
2DaDeath- September 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Good list and good comments!
Flaneritz- September 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm
@ Dead Cow- you took the words right out of my mouth. I think brock will give a good fight if he gets the chance. (I hate brock by the way)
GistoftheFist- September 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm
I think I found Buentello's weakness; that's the second time he's tapped to body-knees. :x
The_Dead_Cow- September 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm
As far as the MMA fights go for Overeem, that's an impressive list of victims. I mean Buentello, Duffy, and Rogers. No wonder why everyone thinks he's so great.
Fedor Penn- September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm
I'm pretty sure that fight with Teixeira was before (and the reason for) the clinch rule was made in K-1.
Mdollas- September 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm
im a huge overeem fan, but the dude has the WORST habbit of clinching with 2 hands behind the head in K1 Fights, the last clip is a classic example. He gets so many warnings bout that and never see anything come of it