UFC Picks: Alistar Overeem KOs Aleksei Oleinik

Monday, April 15, 2019 5:45 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 5:45 PM UTC

The Reem returns against late replacement Aleksei Oleinik and will outclass his opponent in all forms of the game.

Alistair Overeem vs Aleksei Oleinik

Saturday, April 20th, 2019, 8:05PM EDT

Free UFC Pick: Alistair Overeem

Recommended Sportsbook: Pinnacle -229

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Alistar Overeem is one of the greatest of all time to ever compete in MMA. He is 44-17-0 for a whopping 61 fights and that does not count his boxing, kickboxing, and muay thai fights! Alistar is nearing 40 at the age of 38, but still has plenty of gas in the tank. Prior to running into the freight train that is Francis Ngannou, Alistar looked as though he was set for another title run. One of The Reem’s greatest attributes is that he has been able to adapt his style to make the best use of his strengths. After it became apparent that he could not take punch like he used to, he started focusing on his footwork and speed rather than simple walking through shots to land his own. As far as aging veterans go, The Reem might be the most relevant of the legends still fighting.

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— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 19, 2018
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At UFC on ESPN+ 7, The Reem will face a late replacement in Aleksei Oleinik. Overeem was slated to face Alexander “Drago” Volkov who is a 30-year- old prospect who put a beating on Derrick Lewis before getting KOd stiff in the final seconds of the fight. This would have been a MUCH more interesting fight in my personal opinion as Volkov has a much brighter future in the UFC.

Oleinik is 41 years old and and incredibly has more MMA experience than Overeem with a record of 57-11. Since getting into the UFC at the ripe age of 36, Oleinik has pulled off a 5-2 record with 4 of those wins coming by submission. The last 3 wins were over Travis Browne, Junior Albini, and Mark Hunt. Now the first two are not overly impressive as Travis was already in the midst of his well documented decline and Albini is NOT known for his Ring IQ. Submitting Mark Hunt, however, is a feather in his cap as nobody has done that since 2010.

Oleinik still has power in his hands, but I believe Overeem has more. Overeem is easily smoother and more technical on the feet than Oleinik. The only area where I can see Oleinik having the edge in this fight is the submission grappling, but I do not know if he will be able to take Alistar down or hurt him on the feet in order to get the fight to the ground and, if Oleinik cannot get this fight on the ground, I do not believe that he can win it. I expect that The Reem will be able to stay on the outside and land cleanly. When they do tie up, he will be able to escape and reset. I see Alistar picking Oleinik apart and it would not surprise me if Alistar ended up shutting Oleinik’s lights off.

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