#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.