Alistair Overeem-Walt Harris Headline UFC’s Washington D.C. Return
The UFC returns to the nation's capital with a heavyweight main event between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris this December.
The UFC will return to the nation’s capital for the first time in over eight years with Alistair Overeem taking on Walt Harris in the main event.
The Top-10 ranked heavyweights will square off on Saturday, December 7 from the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. The main card airs live on ESPN with prelims on ESPN+.
A perennial heavyweight contender, Overeem (45-17 1NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has fought the who’s who of mixed martial arts. Throughout his storied career, he has delivered spectacular knockouts against Brock Lesnar, Mark Hunt, Junior Dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski. He now looks to secure his third consecutive stoppage win and stake his claim for another UFC title shot.
Alistair Overeem’s Top-5 Knockouts
A heavy-handed striker, all of Harris’ (13-7 1NC, fighting out of Birmingham, Ala.) victories have come via knockout. His power was on full display in his most recent outing, as he stopped Aleksei Oleinik in only 12 seconds. Harris has also netted impressive wins over Serghei Spivac, Daniel Spitz and Chase Sherman. He now aims to continue his ascent up the rankings with another show-stealing finish.
Carlos Condit Included On Fight Card Announcement
In the co-main event, former UFC title contender Claudia Gadelha faces off against Cynthia Calvillo with other announced bouts including Cody Stamann meeting Song Yadong, Aspen Ladd fighting Yana Kunitskaya, Stefan Struve taking on Ben Rothwell and former interim UFC welterweight champion Carlos Condit battling Mickey Gall.
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A former strawweight title challenger, Gadelha (17-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) showed off new wrinkles to her game in a unanimous decision win over Randa Markos this past July. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has also netted impressive victories against Carla Esparza, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Aguilar. Gadelha now hopes to keep her momentum going by dispatching another top-level opponent.
A talented grappler, Calvillo (8-1, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) immediately turned heads in her UFC debut with a submission win over Amanda Cooper. She has since earned impressive victories against Cortney Casey, Poliana Botelho, Joanne Calderwood and Pearl Gonzalez. Calvillo is now gunning for the biggest win of her career to crack the strawweight top five.
Rounding out the current fight card are Alonzo Menifield meeting Trevor Smith, Cortney Casey taking on Virna Jandiroba, Matt Sayles meeting Bryce Mitchell and Joe Solecki taking on Matt Wiman.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night On ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris go on sale Friday to the general public. They are available through Ticketmaster and are limited to eight per person.