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UFC on ESPN 7 live blog: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik

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126_Alistair_Overeem.0.jpgAlistair Overeem (pictured) fights Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the heavyweight main event of UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, D.C., on Saturday | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is the UFC on ESPN 7 live blog for Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, a heavyweight bout at Saturday’s event at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

Overeem, a one-time UFC title challenger who is coming off of back-to-back knockout victories, faces Rozenstruik, an unbeaten fighter who is 3-0 in the UFC with all of those wins coming by way of knockout, in the main event.

Check out the UFC on ESPN 7 live blog below.

Round 1: The heavyweights trade leg kicks after Rozenstruik rebuffs Overeem’s glove touch. Another hard leg kick from the greener UFC fighter. Overeem grabs for a leg, telegraphing his gameplan. A punch forces him to reconsider. Overeem sticks a left straight and covers up as Rozenstruik looks for a counter. Cat and mouse game early. Overeem looking to distract his foe to set up a takedown. He fakes into the clinch and gets an outside trip to land in side control. He advances to half-guard and starts to punch from the top. Rozenstruik trying to scoot away, but you can tell he’s not the most comfortable from his back, and Overeem isn’t going anywhere. Rozenstruik gets some space and gets to his hands and knees. He tries to spin, but Overeem is on him and maintains top position. Side mount for Overeem, who begins to throw lateral elbows. The round ends with “The Reem” on top.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Overeem.

Round 2: Rozenstruik pumps his jab, waiting to uncork his right. Overeem times his advance and presses them to the fence, where he works knees inside. Rozenstruik frames and elbows, and they jockey for position. More knees exchanged, and Rozenstruik manages to turn Rozenstruik. He misses on a trip, but gets dominant position back against the cage. More knees in close, and Rozenstruik tries to sneak in a punch. Overeem neutralizing Rozenstruik’s weapons, but his level of action prompts referee Miragliotta to separate them. Rozenstruik gets more busy with his fists, and Overeem tries to duck under. He covers up as Rozenstruik thumps away with heavy shots, then lands a big overhand left. Another straight left, and Rozenstruik remains unfazed. Rozenstruik closes in and continues to look for opportunities to land his power punches. Nice body kick from Overeem, and another shot as Rozenstruik lets go with his fists.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Overeem.

Round 3:

MMA Fighting scores the round

Round 4:

MMA Fighting scores the round

Round 5:

MMA Fighting scores the round

Official result:

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