Dabrowski, who missed four years while nursing various injuries, entered into a slugfest with the veteran Dutchman from the opening bell. After getting hit hard, the Pole was on his knees, but Overeem elected to let him return to a standing position. It was a decision he would live to regret, as Dabrowski rallied, muscled him down and unleashed his ground-and-pound, which forced the Golden Glory fighter to tap out after a few shots. The end came 1:17 into round one.
“This was my crowning moment,” the bloodied Dabrowski said. “I didn’t expect [Overeem] to come out so aggressively. When my trainers showed me some footage, he seemed to be more static, and that surprised me.”
Originally scheduled as the main event, the Dabrowski-Overeem fight was moved further down on the card for reasons that remain unclear. The top spot in the lineup was instead taken by Robert Jocz and Kenji Nagai.
Nagai, a Deep veteran, offered little offense and was quickly outstruck. Roughly two minutes into the match, Jocz connected on a left straight that sent his opponent into the corner. From there, he let go with a flurry of punches that put the Japanese fighter on the ground in defeat 2:14 into the opening stanza.
Elsewhere, Michal Fijalka secured the most significant win of his young career, as he choked out Dave Dalgliesh late in the second round.
The Pole endured a rough first five minutes during which he never really came close to a takedown and ate some stiff shots from Dalgliesh. The fight finally hit the mat early in the second round, when Fijalka scored with a takedown into half guard. He took full advantage of the position with some heavy-handed ground-and-pound. There were moments when a stoppage seemed imminent, but Dalgliesh held on until he surrendered his back. Not one to let such an opportunity slip away, Fijalka quickly applied a rear-naked choke for the win 3:46 into round two.
“I got hit in the head numerous times in round one,” Fijalka said. “I signaled the referee, but he ignored it. I got a bit dizzy but managed to survive those strikes. I was aware the first round didn’t go my way, but I knew that once I take him down, I will have my chance. I couldn’t let it go and hit him as hard as possible. I waited for the referee to stop the fight, but once he didn’t, I managed to win by choke.”
Fijalka’s teammate, Maciej Jewtuszko, spoiled Grzegorz Tredowski’s homecoming by submitting the Holland-based fighter. After spending round one mostly on his back, Jewtuszko went for a flying knee at the beginning the second. Tredowski tried to turn it into a takedown but exposed his neck and was caught in a guillotine choke. The submission ended the match 37 seconds into the second round.
Jason Jones def. Sebastian Olchawa -- Submission (Guillotine Choke) 4:22 R2
Hans Stringer def. Arnoldas Joknys -- TKO (Punches) R1
Jedrzej Kubski def. Aleksejs Voronovs -- Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 0:41 R1
Marcin Gulas def. Marcin Elsner -- Submission (Omaplata) 1:19 R2
Piotr Hallman def. Krzysztof Adaszak -- TKO (Punches) R1