Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem added another trophy to his collection last night after emerging as the winner of 2010’s K-1 World Grand Prix Final. The crown is considered to be the most-prestigious award in kickboxing, and to have walked away essentially confirms Overeem should be viewed the top heavyweight striker in MMA (if not both sports).
The 30-year old Strikeforce champ earned the K-1 World Grand Prix title after walking away victorious in bouts against Tyrone Spong, Gokhan Saki, and famed K-1 competitor Peter Aerts in the event’s single-night, eight-man tournament final. Overeem outpointed Spong in his initial match-up before finishing the other pair of opponents by way of strikes in each fight’s opening round.
The “Demolition Man” is 33-11 as a Mixed Martial Artist with an astonishing 97% of his wins by way of TKO/submission, as he has only had his hands raised via decision a single time in the past (2006 against Vitor Belfort). He is 8-0 since November 2007 with seven of the victories coming in the first frame of action, and has found past in-ring success against Belfort (twice), Paul Buentello, Brett Rogers, and a number of other notable adversaries. However, he has not fought in MMA since last May due to injury, an interest in furthering his kickboxing career, and to an extent the absence of a top contender being officially announced in Strikeforce.
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