In the main event of UFC Vegas 18, Alistair Overeem is looking to continue his final run to a heavyweight title shot as he battles Alexander Volkov. Heading into the fight, Overeem is a +155 underdog while the Russian is a -190 favorite.
Ahead of the fight, BJPENN.com reached out to several pro fighters to get their prediction for the scrap. Maybe to some surprise, nearly all the pros have Overeem edging it out as he will mix in his striking and wrestling.
BJPENN.com Fighter Picks: Alistair Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov:
Diego Ferreira, UFC lightweight: I think Overeem. I’m a big fan of Overeem and I will always root for him.
Ian Heinisch, UFC middleweight: I have to go with Alistair Overeem. I used to train with him, but his striking is on the next level, and his grappling has improved a ton.
Andre Ewell, UFC bantamweight: I’ll say Overeem. I think he still has it in him and he’s motivated to get to another heavyweight title shot.
Devonte Smith, UFC lightweight: I say Overeem. He is coming in on his last shot for the belt and I think he can mix in his wrestling and striking to win.
Mike Rodriguez, UFC light heavyweight: Overeem all the way. He looked good in his last two fights and I think he is the better striker.
Steven Peterson, UFC featherweight: I think Overeem does well in that fight. He has looked outstanding as of late, and I think he gets a decision.
Ike Villanueva, UFC light heavyweight: I have to go with Overeem. He has looked good as of late, is having a career resurgence.
Jerome Rivera, UFC flyweight: I think this is Volkov’s time and he will edge out a decision.
Fighters picking Alistair Overeem: Diego Ferreira, Ian Heinisch, Andre Ewell, Devonte Smith, Mike Rodriguez, Steven Peterson, Ike Villaneuva
Fighters picking Alexander Volkov: Jerome Rivera
Who do you think wins the UFC Vegas 18 main event between Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov?