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Netherlands’ Alistair Overeem heals like Wolverine, claims he beat Suriname’s Jairzinho Rozenstruik

Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands is currently in South Korea for “UFC Fight Night 165.” The scar from the Jamaican-Dutch mixed martial artist’s upper lip, which was ripped in a recent bout, was almost unnoticeable as he gave several interviews.

On December 7, 2019, Overeem and Rozenstruik headlined “UFC on ESPN 7” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., United States. Competing in the heavyweight division, the Surinamese contender knocked out his Jamaican-Dutch opponent via punch 4 seconds before the end of the fifth round.

Although Overeem was able to stand immediately after the punch dropped him to the ground, referee Dan Miragliotta put a stop to the contest, allowing Rozenstruik to keep his undefeated record. The punch left tore the Jamaican-Dutch fighter’s upper lip, which was eventually fixed through plastic surgery.

The healing was so quick that fans compare Overeem to Wolverine. Known for his extended longevity via regenerative healing factor, the Marvel Comics character also called Logan was played by Hugh Jackman in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009, “The Wolverine” in 2013 and “Logan” in 2017.

 

On December 19, 2019 at the “UFC Fight Night 165” media day  at the Lotte Hotel Busan in Busan, South Korea, Overeem told South China Morning Post that Miragliotta should not have jumped in when Rozenstruik punched him at “UFC on ESPN 7.” For the Amsterdam native, it was a win because he beat his Surinamese opponent in every round.

“You can see I’m almost pretty again,” Overeem told the publication. “Actually, I am pretty again compared to last week.”

Overeem will be one of the special guests during the “UFC Fight Night 165” fight night at the Sajik Arena in Busan on December 21, 2019. In the main event, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, 38, of Toms River, New Jersey, United States and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Jung Sung, 32, of Seoul, South Korea will battle it out in the featherweight division.

Losing to Rozenstruik at “UFC on ESPN 7” downgraded Overeem’s professional MMA record to 45 wins, 18 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. Here a recent interview with the Amsterdam native in Busan:

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