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UFC on FOX 13 results recap: Alistair Overeem vs Stefan Struve fight review and analysis

Last night (Sat., Dec. 13, 2014), Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve looked to get back into the win column at UFC on FOX 13 inside U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. In a violent display of ground striking, Overeem finished Struve. Find out how below!

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight notables Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve battled last night (Dec. 13, 2014) at UFC on FOX 13 inside U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Overeem was on the cusp of being released last night. The massive Dutchman had repeatedly failed to live up to expectations, which left him in desperate need of a victory over Struve.

Because of some medical issues with his heart and a panic attack, Struve has been out of action for more than one year. In his return to the Octagon, Struve fought for the finish and the biggest victory of his career.

Unfortunately, Overeem was too much for "Skyscraper."

Struve started the bout by pressuring Overeem, who responded with some clinch knees. Then, Struve separated and started to attack with kicks, but Overeem countered with a takedown.

For the first minute or so, Overeem stayed patient and picked his shots. After backing off and thinking about allowing Struve to return to his feet, Overeem pounced. Crowding Struve's hips and standing above the Dutchman, Overeem dropped a series of vicious punches.

Before long, Struve had stopped defending himself, as his head was trapped against the cage, simply absorbing punches.

Though Overeem earned the first round stoppage victory, he still did not look comfortable on his feet. In fact, I don't believe that Overeem landed a single significant strike outside of the clinch.

However, Overeem's recent transition into a ground striker could work quite well for him. It keeps his chin out of danger (well, most of the time) and utilizes his strength advantage. Overeem simply needs to ensure that his conditioning can hold up for three rounds, in case he cannot secure a stoppage so quickly.

For Overeem's next bout, a match with fellow UFC on FOX 13 victor Matt Mitrione would be a definite firefight.

This was a disappointing return for Struve. His striking actually looked pretty good, but his historically weak takedown defense could not stop the powerful Dutchman. Worse still, Overeem's jiu-jitsu is leagues ahead of Struve's, eliminating his usual advantage.

In addition, Struve did a terrible job controlling Overeem's posture and wrists. He basically allowed Overeem to land brutal punches, which is a liability that he has one his feet as well.

Struve needs to be paired off with a lower-tier Heavyweight in his next bout such as Anthony Hamilton.

At UFC on FOX 13, Overeem blasted Struve with punches inside the first round. Can Overeem get his career back on track?

For complete UFC on FOX 13 results and play-by-play click HERE.