Volkov Overeem

UFC Fight Night 184 featured 6'7" Russian heavyweight Alexander Volkov using his height and reach to beat up Alistair Overeem before stopping the former Strikeforce champ and UFC title challenger with a crushing left hook in the 2nd round Saturday night in Las Vegas. Volkov moves his record to 33-8, 7-2 in the UFC.

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