UFC on ESPN+ 34: Alistair Overeem vs. Augusto Sakai Play-by-Play

Main eventing Saturday night’s UFC card, veteran heavyweight Alistair Overeem fought Augusto Sakai. Their five-round fight went like this.

Bout 7: Alistair Overeem (46-18) vs. Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) (Heavyweight)

Sakai landed a body kick, following up with a series of punches that backed Overeem up against the cage in the second minute. Sakai put Overeem against the cage for a minute following the flurry. Overeem landed an overhand right in the fourth minute of the fight. Sakai caused Overeem to back up against the cage again due to strikes in the final minute of the round.

Sakai had another flurry of hooks early in the second round, ending the combination with a knee to the body. Sakai landed numerous punches to Overeem in a combination in the third minute of the round. They exchanged strikes in a clinch for a minute in the second round.

Sakai landed roughly a dozen strikes to Overeem in the second minute of the third round. Overeem got a trip takedown from a clinch in the fourth minute of the round. Overeem left the position after landing some strikes, although he went back down into full guard eventually. Overeem landed some hammerfist strikes that cut open Sakai before moving into half guard.

A large hematoma started to develop above the left eyebrow of Sakai as the fourth round started. Like the three rounds before, Sakai had his best moments when pressing forward with combinations of punches. A cut opened on the forehead of Overeem in the second minute of the round following a punch from Sakai. A pause came in the third minute after a spinning back kick hit the groin of Sakai. Overeem got a takedown shortly after they resumed. Overeem was able to go down into full guard, landing punches from the position. As he continued with strikes, Overeem took the back of Sakai with a minute to go. Diving down with a punch, Overeem moved into half guard where he continued with elbows to the head.

Overeem got a takedown moments into the fifth round. Throwing a series of elbows and punches, the referee came in to end the fight.

RESULT: Alistair Overeem def. Augusto Sakai via TKO, Strikes (RD 5, 0:26)

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Overeem 9 9 10 10
Sakai 10 10 9 8

Live coverage of the entire evening can be found here.

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