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Bigfoot reasserted himself as a top heavyweight by beating Alistair Overeem.
The Knockout of the Night, unsurprisingly, happened in the top fight of the main card and for very good reason. This is something you're going to hear about all year.
The buildup to this fight was as bitter and vitriolic as anything we've seen.
Overeem was incredibly disrespectful toward Silva. He said Silva was no threat to him, and, what's worse, he meant it. He was condescending and dismissive every time they were together, and when the weigh-in happened, things very nearly got ugly.
After the first two rounds, it seemed like we were going to have a particularly unsatisfying decision victory for Overeem, who dared Silva to hit him at every step. Silva had no answer to Overeem and showed no urgency in the first 10 minutes of the fight.
Then, early in the third round, “Bigfoot” landed a big hand on Overeem. That was followed by several more. Overeem was unconscious on his feet, and after he finally collapsed, Silva screamed at him to get back up as referee Herb Dean tried to push him away.
It was a downright great knockout and will likely end up high on the lists of 2013's best.