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VIDEO: UFC star Alistair Overeem's lip torn open by brutal punch from Jairzinho Rozenstruik

By Vincent Ashitey
Alistair Overeem
Alistair Overeem
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This is the brutal moment Alistair Overeem's lip was torn apart by a brutal punch during a UFC bout against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Overeem was seconds away from winning the fight in Washington DC, as he was ahead on the judge's scorecards, when he was hit with a huge right hand by the undefeated Rozenstruik.

The footage clearly showed part of Overeem's lip being separated from the rest as he fell to the ground.

The 38-year-old did manage to get back to his feet after receiving the hit, but it was in vain.

Referee Dan Miragliotta decided to call an end to the contest in the fourth minute and 56th second of the fifth round.

This despite Overeem being 4-0 up on the scorecards.

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Afterwards, the Dutch-British fighter suggested the bout had been stopped too early by the referee.

He wrote on his Twitter account: 'Getting stitched up. Lip not too sexy at the moment.. a little bit a fast stoppage if u ask me - but hope u guys enjoyed the fight'.

The defeat ended a two-fight winning run for Overeem, who has now dropped to a record of 45 wins and 18 defeats during his career in mixed martial arts.