Alistair Overeem KO’s Mark Hunt at UFC 209 on Saturday March 4 in Las Vegas.
Born in New Zealand “The Modern Day Gladiator” out of Australia, Mark Hunt (12–11–1, 1 NC) went up against his long time vis-a-vis British-Dutch Alistair Overeem (42–15-0, 1 NC). First time the pair fought in 2008 in Osaka. “The Reem” won the fight in the first round via submission (americana). Their rematch featured on the main card at UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2.
Scheduled for 3 x 5 minute rounds bout ended prior the final bell. It was over at 1 minute 44 seconds of Round 3. Overeem hit Hunt with the left elbow and followed with the right knee. He then grabbed his neck in muaythai clinch throwing another one as well as the left uppercut. The referee jumped in and terminated the contest.
Post-fight Mark Hunt posted a photo on his profile on Instagram. In the caption to the image he thanked all for the support and advised that “the old warhorse is still alive”.
He also posted that he got a broken tibia. In conclusion he stated “I be back”.
In addition two other fighters out of Australia competed at UFC 209. Tyson Pedro scored a TKO with elbows against Paul Craig of Scotland in the early prelims on the UFC Fight Pass. The fight ended 50 seconds before the end of the first round. As well, Daniel Kelly defeated American Rashad Evans on the main card. The fighter out of Melbourne took a split decision: 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
In the main event defending UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defeated Stephen Thompson. He earned a majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) and as a result retained the belt.