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Bas Rutten Thinks Junior dos Santos Will Take Out Alistair Overeem and His ‘Glass Jaw’

“I think Alistair, everything he does is one single shot because he knows he’s got that glass jaw as well. He’s been knocked out quite a few times in the past, even by Chuck Liddell as well. Every time when he punches, one hand is up. He throws single shots; he doesn’t throw combinations. You saw that when he fought [Fabricio] Werdum. Werdum was actually tagging him more than he did to Werdum. I think that Junior dos Santos, with his combinations, his reach, I think he’s going to tag him and he’s going to throw combos and I think that yeah, he’s going to take this fight.”

— Bas Rutten, via Sherdog, weighing in on Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem

Pretty interesting analysis from Bas Rutten here, but I think saying Overeem has a “glass jaw” is a bit of an overstatement. No, Alistair doesn’t have a granite chin like Mark Hunt did back in the day, but he’s no Andrei Arlovski either. The last time we really saw someone hurt Overeem was at the 2009 K-1 WGP when Badr Hari, one of the most ferocious strikers on the planet, knocked him down with a right hand and rocked him with a head kick. Either of those shots could have easily started a fight ending sequence if it was a MMA fight, but it’s not like Overeem’s lights went out and he hit the ground like a sack of potatoes like Arlovski has been known to do.

Overeem’s not immune to being rocked or even knocked out if he’s hit on the button, but I don’t think a finish is going to come quite as easy for JDS as Bas makes it sound.

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