It could not have gone any better for Holland’s own Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve, as the two claimed convincing victories in the headline fights at UFC Fight Night 87 Sunday.
Overeem landed a jumping front kick on Andrei Arlovski in the main event, finishing him with a flurry of strikes in the second round. Struve connected in the opening seconds vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, earning himself a 16-second victory.
Other main card winners included Gunnar Nelson, Germaine de Randamie and Nikita Krylov, who all scored finishes.
The attendance for the first-ever event in Rotterdam, Netherlands was announced at 10,421 for a live gate of just over $1.5 million.
Overeem, Struve, Nelson and de Randamie all earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses.
Complete results can be found below:
Alistair Overeem def. Andrei Arlovski via TKO (jumping front kick/strikes) at 1:12 of Round 2
Stefan Struve def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva via TKO (strikes) at :16 of Round 1
Gunnar Nelson def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:15 of Round 2
Germaine de Randamie def. Anna Elmose via TKO (strikes) at 3:46 of Round 1
Nikita Krylov def. Francimar Barroso via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:11 of Round 2
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Heather Jo Clark via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Rustam Khabilov def. Chris Wade via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Magnus Cedenblad def. Garreth McLellan via TKO (strikes) at :47 of Round 2
Josh Emmett def. Jon Tuck via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Reza Madadi def. Yan Cabral via KO (strikes) at 1:56 of Round 3
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Neil Seery via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Leon Edwards def. Dominic Waters via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ulka Sasaki def. Willie Gates via submission (neck crank) at 3:30 of Round 2