Andrei Arlovski vs Alistair Overeem Predictions: On Sunday May 8th, the UFC will be holding an event in the Netherlands for the first time. It is long overdue considering the rich striking history of the small nation. Andrei Arlovski vs Alistair Overeem Fight Odds have Alistair as a 5 to 2 betting favorite with 60% of Fight Picks on Overeem -230.
Headlining the card is Holland’s own Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (-230) vs “The Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski (+180). Overeem, 40-14-1, is coming off a TKO victory over former champ Junior Dos Santos in December. He is a highly decorated combat athlete having won the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix and the Strikeforce Heavyweight title. Arlovski, 25-11-0, is coming off a loss to Stipe Miocic whom is fighting for the title against Fabricio Werdum on May 14th. Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion and silver medalist World Sambo champion. Andrei Arlovski vs Alistair Overeem Fight Odds have Arlovski as a +180 moneyline underdog (Bet $100 to win $180)
A significant underlying story between these two heavyweights is that they both train out of the highly touted Jackson-Winklejohn camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both coaches have stated they will be cornering Andre Arlovski for this fight because of his longer tenure and commitment to the team. Overeem has been known to be a bit of a ronin, changing teams and training camps frequently.
About Alistair Overeem –
Alistair Overeem (-240 favorite) is 6’4”, 248 lbs, with a 80” reach. His keys to victory will be to setup his counter-striking, using his size and strength, while unleashing his devastating knees and kicks. Overeem will most likely come out strong with good pressure early on. This will be his best chance to pick apart Arlovski while looking for the final destructive barrage and securing the win. The longer the fight lasts the smaller his chances are to beat Arlovski. Andrei Arlovski vs Alistair Overeem Fight Odds have Overeem as a -240 moneyline favorite at BOVADA.LV
About Andrei Arlovski – Andrei Arlovski (+200 underdog) is 6’4”, 244 lbs, with a reach of 77”. Arlovski’s worst enemy seems to be his own mental game. He has come out a bit tentative and not unleashed his offense enough. He will need to use his grappling skills to ensure a full fledged MMA fight. He cannot allow Overeem to dictate the pace and turn it into a striking match. With mastermind Greg Jackson in his corner, I am sure they have an excellent gameplan to exploit Overeem’s weaknesses.
Fight Picks: Andrei Arlovski by decision