Watch: UFC's Alistair Overeem deploys 'Karate Kid' move to secure TKO win

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Amidst all of the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather speculation, you could be forgiven for forgetting there was an actual UFC event taking place on Sunday night.

However, with the main event of UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam, Netherlands producing a brutal TKO finish, there is one man who has stolen the headlines this morning.

Karate Kid

That's after Dutch fight Alistair Overeem secured victory over Heavyweight rival Andrei Arlovski courtesy of a perfectly executed combo some are likening to a scene from 'Karate Kid'. Scroll down to see the exceptional finish for yourself...


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Overeem's decisive blow came with just over one minute remaining in the second round courtesy of a flying crane kick made famous in a certain 1980s cult classic movie.

Coming into the fight at 244 pounds, the mere fact the Dutchman was able to get off the octagon canvas and produce such a move is credit to his athletic ability.  

And, in following up the crane kick - better known in UFC circles as a flying switch front kick - with some ground and pound work to Arlovski's head, Overeem has now set himself up for even bigger and better things moving forward.

Speaking after the TKO victory, the 35-year-old staked his claim for a Heavyweight title shot at UFC 205 at New York's Madison Square Garden:

"We're going to get that belt in November at Madison Square Garden," he told the home crowd, via Fox Sports.

Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic are currently set to fight for the Heavyweight title at UFC 198 this month, and both fighters will have been watching on as Overeem produced an emphatic finish to what had been a close fought bout.

According to Fox Sports, the veteran Heavyweight actually dislocated his left toe when connecting on the kick that began the decisive combo. 

That wasn't going to stop Overeem celebrating in front of the Rotterdam crowd, however, and medical staff quickly "reset" the injury after officials had called an end to the fight.

The Dutch fighter has now won four straight UFC bouts and, in defeating his Jackson-Winkeljohn teammate on Sunday night, improved his MMA career record to 41-14. Arlovski, meanwhile, drops to 25-12. 

Overeem's latest win continues his impressive rise back to prominence in the UFC.

Up until this point, his most noteworthy achievement in the organisation came in knocking out Brock Lesnar way back at UFC 141. Now, he will be hoping to usurp that with a title win in the not too distant future.

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