UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski

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UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski
Overeem vs Arlovski.jpg
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateMay 8, 2016
VenueRotterdam Ahoy
CityRotterdam, Netherlands
Total gate$1,523,320[1]
Event chronology
UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic

UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski (also known as UFC Fight Night 87) was a mixed martial arts event held on May 8, 2016, at the Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands.[2]


The event was the first that the organization hosted in the Netherlands.[2]

The event was headlined by a heavyweight bout between the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski.[3]

Rashid Magomedov was expected to face Chris Wade at the event. However, Magomedov pulled out of the fight in early March citing injury and was replaced by Rustam Khabilov.[4]

Peter Sobotta was expected to face Dominic Waters at the event. However, Sobotta pulled out of the fight in late March citing injury and was replaced by Leon Edwards.[5]

Paddy Holohan was expected to face Willie Gates at the event. However, on April 25, Holohan abruptly announced his retirement, citing a rare blood disorder.[6] In turn, Gates faced Ulka Sasaki.[7]

Nick Hein was expected to face Jon Tuck on the card, but pulled out just 6 days before the event due to injury.[8] He was replaced two days later by promotional newcomer Josh Emmett.[9]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Alistair Overeem def. Andrei Arlovski TKO (crane kick and punches) 2 1:12
Heavyweight Stefan Struve def. Antônio Silva TKO (elbows) 1 0:16
Welterweight Gunnar Nelson def. Albert Tumenov Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:15
Women's Bantamweight Germaine de Randamie def. Anna Elmose TKO (knee to the body and punches) 1 3:46
Light Heavyweight Nikita Krylov def. Francimar Barroso Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:11
Women's Strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Heather Jo Clark Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweight Rustam Khabilov def. Chris Wade Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Magnus Cedenblad def. Garreth McLellan TKO (head kick and punches) 2 0:47
Lightweight Josh Emmett def. Jon Tuck Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Reza Madadi def. Yan Cabral TKO (punches) 3 1:56
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi def. Neil Seery Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Leon Edwards def. Dominic Waters Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Flyweight Ulka Sasaki def. Willie Gates Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 3:30


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[11]

  • Fight of the Night: None awarded
  • Performance of the Night: Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve, Gunnar Nelson and Germaine de Randamie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2016-05-08). "UFC Fight Night 87 draws reported 10,421 attendance for $1,523,320 live gate". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  2. ^ a b UFC Press Release (2016-02-26). "Overeem and Arlovski to headline UFC debut in The Netherlands". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-02-26.
  3. ^ Brad Popkin (2016-02-20). "Alistair Overeem vs Andrei Arlovski heavyweight main event set for UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ Sebastian Vendel-Martinez (2016-03-08). "UFN 87: Rustam Khabilov tackles Chris Wade in Rotterdam (Swedish)". mmanytt.se. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  5. ^ Staff (2016-03-30). "Leon Edwards steps in for injured Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ Staff (2016-04-25). "Paddy Holohan announces retirement". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  7. ^ Staff (2016-04-26). "With Paddy Holohan's retirement, Willie Gates gets new UFC Fight Night 87 opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  8. ^ John Morgan (2016-05-02). "Nick Hein injured, UFC seeks replacement opponent for Jon Tuck at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  9. ^ Staff (2016-05-04). "Team Alpha Male's Josh Emmett in for Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 87". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  11. ^ Staff (2016-05-08). "UFC Fight Night 87 bonuses: The home fan favorites crushed some $50,000 checks". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-05-08.