The big and tall of UFC Fight Night 87
By Edward Carbajal
The UFC is giving the gift of fighting for Mother’s Day with UFC Fight Night 87. The main event features two well-known heavyweights in MMA, Alistair Overeem (40-14) vs. Andre Arlovski (25-11) in the main event. The winner looks to be next in line for a title shot and with both men at a point in their careers where this could be the last chance to wear UFC gold.
Arlovski already a former champion feels he can work his way into the rankings after finishing Travis Browne with a KO and earning a decision over Frank Mir. He and Overeem are both members of Jackson/Wink MMA and have trained together before so as much as a quick bout between the two seems likely, knowing each other’s styles can make it go the distance.Both men are very open about this being all business and they are not friends, just training partners.
Along with the main event are Stefan Struve (26-8) vs. Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (19-8-1), this may be one of the rare times Silva seems like the smaller man. Struve stands seven-feet tall and should have a reach advantage over the Brazilian heavyweight, although it is not something he capitalized on in the past.
Usually when big men fight, the final rounds are rarely seen and both Struve and Overeem are enjoying a home field advantage fighting in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands. See the full event info below.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1 at 2 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Alistair Overeem
Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
Gunnar Nelson vs. Albert Tumenov
Germaine de Randamie vs. Anna Elmose
Francimar Barroso vs. Nikita Krylov
Heather Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
UNDERCARD (FOX Sports 1 at 12 p.m. ET)
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan
Yan Cabral vs. Reza Madadi
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Neil Seery
Leon Edwards vs. Dominic Waters
Willie Gates vs. Ulka Sasaki
EARLY PRELIMS (UFC Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. ET)
Chris Wade vs. Rustam Khabilov
Josh Emmett vs. Jon Tuck
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.