“UFC Tonight” co-hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on the UFC Fight Night 87 main event between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski recently.
Joining the two were UFC champion Miesha Tate.
Cormier on Alistair Overeem’s current state and what Andrei Arlovski chances against him
“Alistair Overeem has finally found his groove in the UFC. The win over Junior Dos Santos was his signature win. Now he’s solidified himself, he’s found his footing. He has right team behind him. This fight might propel him to the championship. He has a game plan. But Andrei trains with him at Jackson Wink. What a better way to get back in title contention for Arlovski by beating Overeem. Andrei’s got great boxing. He’s a former champion and can put it all together. Both these guys are willing to stand and trade.”
Florian on Overeem and Arlovski
“Overeem knows what to do out there. Overeem’s move to Jackson Winkeljohn has helped him a lot, but his opponent Arlovski also trains with them. Arlovski can’t be flat footed in this fight. He’s got to move well, move his head off center line, try to find angles and land punches. Arlovski might have the advantage with all the coaches in his corner.”
Florian on Overeem’s keys to victory
“He has to vary his attack, attack high and low. He also needs to stick and move.”
Tate on what else Overeem needs to do to beat Arlovski
“He needs the element of surprise. He’s been improving on his wrestling and he needs to use it.”
Cormier on Arlovski’s keys to victory
“Key one is he has to move laterally. He can’t be a stationary target for Overeem. He also needs to cut off the Octagon and contain Overeem.”
Tate on what else Arlovski needs to do vs. Overeem
“He needs to use his boxing. We can’t forget he has power in his hands. I think he has to be a counter striker in this fight. He has to have head movement and he can’t stand in front of Alistair.”