The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Dec 2., for another exhilarating night of fights. This time around, the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion took to the Little Caesars Arena for the highly anticipated fight card of UFC 218. Now new footage of the medical staff checking on the night’s knocked out co-headliner Alistair Overeem has made its way to the internet.
In the night’s main event, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway was set to defend his title. The fighter, however, would go on to face an unexpected opponent for the Detroit crowd.
Holloway was set to defend his title from former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar for the event. That being said, Edgar was later pulled from the match up due to an injury. As a result, former featherweight title holder and former opponent to Holloway, Jose Aldo stepped up on short notice to fight for the belt once again.
Holloway and Aldo faced off originally at UFC 212. Aldo was the reigning champion, but Holloway was on a mission to unify his interim title. Holloway would go on to earn a TKO victory over the MMA phenom for the undisputed title of featherweight champion.
In their rematch, the result was much of the same. Holloway and Aldo put on a bloody war for Detroit, but Holloway ultimately came out on top with another stunning third round TKO over the former champion. Of course, the main event was not the only fight to end in a crowd roaring finish.
In the night’s co-headliner, heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou went toe-to-toe for division supremacy. Overeem had worked his way to the No. 1 contender position with impressive victories over the likes of Mark Hunt and former champion Fabricio Werdum. Ngannou, however, had yet to be defeated inside the octagon. With five fights under the UFC banner, Ngannou was on a dazzling nine fight winning streak as a professional mixed martial artist.
When the two went to war for the Detroit crowd, the fight did not last long. Ngannou earned a vicious knockout victory over the former K-1 Grand Prix champion within the first round. Overeem was left unconscious on the canvas for some time after the strike. Now, new footage from the fight shows a medical staff coming to the aid of Overeem and trying desperately to bring the fighter back to consciousness.
Check it out in the video above.