After dominating for the majority of the UFC Washington DC main event on Saturday night, Alistair Overeem suffered a last-gasp defeat at the hands of rising heavyweight star Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
Overeem had been dominating the majority of the fight, with the television broadcast claiming that he had won all four previous rounds, but the finish came in dramatic and somewhat controversial circumstances.
With mere seconds left of the fifth round, Rozenstruik, who is now 10-0 in his professional career, finally landed on a tiring Overeem connecting with a left followed by a massive right which floored the UFC veteran.
The referee stepped in and looked as though he had called a stop to the contest as Overeem stumbled to his feet and Rozenstruik walked away, but he had not officially ended it.
After a moment’s hesitation he eventually waved the fight off as Rozenstruik picked up another impressive victory and his fourth of 2019.
The right hand which floored Overeem also caused graphic damage to his lip, splitting it in a similar fashion to the injury suffered by then welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in his UFC 189 victory over Rory McDonald in 2013.
The injury was graphic and a disappointing end to what had been a strong overall performance from Overeem who was looking to bounce back into title contention with his third win in a row.
For Rozenstruik it’s another big name in the division who he’s defeated and speaking after his dramatic victory the 31-year-old outlined that he has one name in mind for 2020.
“I want to be back March, April and I really want to fight this big scary guy Francis Ngannou,” Rozenstruik said. “I hope you accept this fight. Let’s give these people a real show.”