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UFC On ESPN Results: Alistair Overeem Tops Emotional Walt Harris

Welcome to our live coverage of Saturday night’s UFC on ESPN: Overeen vs. Harris [1] event from Jacksonville, Florida and the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

The arena has become the home-away-from-home for the UFC this past week, hosting three events in eight days.

In the main event will be a heavyweight battle between former title contender Alistair Overeem [2] and Walt Harris.

Overeem is coming off a fifth round knockout loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik, but had won four of six prior to that highlighted by a majority decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

For Harris, this is his first fight since losing his step-daughter last year. The situation scrapped plans for a bout with Overeem, but now, he is re-focused on the task at hand. 

He is also unbeaten over his last four, including finishes of Aleksei Oleinik, Sergey Spivak and Daniel Spitz. 

The main card, which airs live on ESPN, also includes Claudia Gadelha meeting Angela Hill, Dan Ige welcoming Edson Barboza to the featherweight division, Eryk Anders facing Krzysztof Jotko and Song Yadong battling Marlon Vera.

The prelims, which kickoff at 6 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ESPN+, feature Matt Brown vs. Miguel Baeza, Anthony Hernandez vs. Kevin Holland, Irwin Rivera vs. Giga Chikadze, Cortney Casey vs. Mara Romero Borella, Darren Elkins vs. Nate Landwehr and Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Don’Tale Mayes. 

Rivera replaces Mike Davis in the featherweight bout. 

Check out results below and live fight-by-fight coverage to follow.

UFC On ESPN: Overeem Vs. Harris Quick Results

Alistair Overeem def. Walt Harris via TKO (strikes) at 3:00 of Round 2

Claudia Gadelha def. Angela Hill via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Dan Ige def. Edson Barboza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Krzysztof Jotko def. Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Song Yadong def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Miguel Baeza def. Matt Brown via KO (strike) at :18 of Round 2

Kevin Holland def. Anthony Hernandez via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 1

Giga Chikadze def. Irwin Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella via submission (armbar) at 3:36 of Round 1

Rodrigo Nascimento def. Don’Tale Mayes via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:05 of Round 2

Check the next page for live coverage of the event.

Rodrigo Nascimento Vs. Don’Tale Mayes

We begin the night in the same division where we will finish it in the heavyweight division.

Rodrigo Nascimento, a 27-year-old from Brazil, is a perfect 7-0 in his career with all seven bouts ending via finish. That includes five submissions to his credit, highlighted by one on Dana White’s Contender Series last July.

His opponent, Don’Tale Mayes, competed twice on the Contender Series scoring two finishes. He dropped his official UFC debut to Ciryl Gane this past October via third round submission. 

Nascimento landing with heavy kicks here in the early going after sprinting out to the center of the Octagon to start. These two big guys are wasting no time looking for the finish. 

Takedown by Nascimento following another rushed-in offensive attack. He’s got just over 90 seconds to work for a submission with both men still relatively dry. Mayes gets up and lands a counter-left on the way to his feet. 

Mayes using his own leg kicks in the second, which are keeping Nascimento at bay with distance. They again engage alongside the fence with each man taking control for a short period of time. 

Nascimento with a takedown and immediately moves to the back of Mayes, securing a submission victory with a rear-naked choke. Mayes taps and this one is all over.

Rodrigo Nascimento def. Don’Tale Mayes via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:05 of Round 2

Cortney Casey Vs. Mara Romero Borella

This one is a key one for Cortney Casey, as she is just 1-3 over her last four – of course, the win was a big one, as she topped Angela Hill, who fights in the co-main event later tonight. Overall, Casey is 8-7 with four UFC wins.

Mara Romero Borella made her Octagon debut in 2017 and is 2-3 during her time with the promotion and 12-7 overall.

All Casey needed was an opening and she took advantage, locking in an armbar with just over a minute left in the round. Borella was on top, but she failed to keep control and this on is all over.

Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella via submission (armbar) at 3:36 of Round 1

Darren Elkins Vs. Nate Landwehr

The 36-year-old Darren Elkins will try to snap a three-fight losing skid when he faces Nate Landwehr next.

Elkins, 24-8 overall, is coming off losses to Ryan Hall, former UFC title contender Ricardo Lamas and current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The defeats to Hall and Volkanovski came via decision.

Landwehr, a former M-1 champion, suffered a knockout loss to Herbert Burns in his UFC debut this past January. The loss snapped a seven-fight win streak.

Elkins showing his submission game early on, seeking a choke of some sort in the opening two minutes. Landwehr, though, was able to survive. Good striking being delivered by Elkins too. 

Landwehr caught Elkins, opening a cut between his right eye and the bridge of his nose. He continues to stalk and control the center of the Octagon. In terms of volume, Elkins is ahead, but the power and damage has been delivered by Landwehr.

These two are enjoying this one as Landwehr lets out a loud scream and Elkins smiles back at him. Good exchange with Elkins shooting for another takedown before being denied. 

Referee Herb Dean has asked for a doctor to look at the cut on Elkins. Blood is pouring out al over his face and really getting in his eyes. Landwehr, meanwhile, is screaming at the top of his lungs at anybody who will listen, including UFC president Dana White. 

The face of Elkins is a crimson mask but he continues to find ways to land with his strikes, even attempting a takedown that was denied. These two trade until the final bell sounds and we head to the scorecards with both fighters a bloody mess and enjoying it.

Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Check out more action from the prelims on the following page.

Giga Chikadze Vs. Irwin Rivera

This bout was changed at the last minute as Mike Davis was forced out and replaced by Irwin Rivera to face Giga Chikadze

Chikadze is 9-2 and a member of Kings MMA, while Rivera enters 9-4 and fighting out of the Combat Club. 

Lots of kicks by Chikadze in the early going while Rivera fires back with a huge uppercut. Good amount of offense throughout the round with Chikadze doing a little more damage overall.

Seconds into the second, Chikadze connects and drops Rivera. Rivera pops back up only to get dropped again. He’s fighting for survival here but is up and appears somewhat coherent. Very close fight as these two exchange until the very end. 

Giga Chikadze def. Irwin Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Anthony Hernandez Vs. Kevin Holland

It’s been several months since we last saw Anthony Hernandez as he earned a win inside the Octagon to improve to 7-1 overall. Meanwhile, Kevin Holland had his three-fight win streak snapped by Brendan Allen in October to fall to 16-5.

All Kevin Holland needed was an opening and this middleweight contest is all over.

Kevin Holland def. Anthony Hernandez via TKO (strikes) at :39 of Round 1

Matt Brown Vs. Miguel Baeza

“The Immortal” Matt Brown is sitting at 11 career knockouts, tied for second most in the UFC and the most in the welterweight division. He “retired” before returning with a dominating performance over Ben Saunders.

Miguel Baeza will be competing in his home state as the unbeaten Florida native earned a second round TKO of his own last October in his UFC debut. He also scored a win on Dana White’s Contender Series.

Huge opportunity for Baeza here against a legend like Brown, who quickly takes control of the Octagon. Brown nearly had this one over less than two minutes in, rocking Baeza.

More huge elbows, a trait of Brown, land to the head but we march on in the first. Brown keeps tying him up and connecting with ease. Out of nowhere, Baeza connects and sends Brown tumbling to the ground.

Baeza with a perfect combination that stunned and eventually dropped Brown. He’s got over a minute to work, controlling his arm and firing away with more shots. This is allowing Brown a chance to recover, though, from the big power shots. 

This one is all over as Baeza catches and finishes Brown with a huge shot moments into the start of the second round. Incredible victory for the still unbeaten fighter.

Miguel Baeza def. Matt Brown via KO (strike) at :18 of Round 2

The main card will begin on the next page at the top of the hour.

Song Yadong Vs. Marlon Vera

Despite some unknowns, we will open the main card with featherweight Song Yadong and Marlon Vera.

Yadong, a 22-year-old, had his seven-fight win streak snapped with a draw in December vs. Cody Stamman. Overall, he is 15-4-1 in his career.

Vera has scored wins in each of his last five, all of which have come inside the Octagon. He is 15-5-1.

Some very nice back-and-forth action here in the early going, with Yadong taking control of the center. Vera very strong fighting off the cage, powering his way out. Close round that ends in the clinch with Vera getting the better of it.

More good clinch work, which appears to be what Vera wants. Yadong has no interest and breaks free. Near the end of it, Vera takes control, rocking Yadong with several nice shots. Really nice way to kickoff the main card between these two featherweights.

Immediately, Yadong grabs control only to be flipped against the fence and taken down by Vera who is working to advance his position. Yadong gets off a few nice strikes but is once again shying away from action. Vera ends in a strong position which should allow him to take the decision.

Song Yadong def. Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Eryk Anders Vs. Krzysztof Jotko

Up to the middleweight division we go with Eryk Anders taking on Krzysztof Jotko

Anders, a former college football player, has rebounded to score back-to-back wins following a touch 1-4 stretch. He started his career 10-0 and is now 13-4 overall.

Jotko has also won his last two after dropping three in a row. He sits at 21-4 for his MMA career.

Interesting matchup of southpaws here with both men showing no signs of backing down, immediately taking to the center of the Octagon looking to strike. Spinning attempt misses by Jotko and Anders clinches. 

Anders puts a lot of energy into a takedown attempt. He gets Jotko down, but only for a brief moment. He releases another attempt, landing a few shots as the two separate. Jotko shoots for his own takedown and is denied. 

Each time he sees an opening, Anders is going for a takedown. Jotko, though, has done a great job of defending most of the attempts. On the feet, they have been very close through nearly two rounds. 

Starting the third with more of the same from Anders: pressure while searching for the takedown. His plan coming in has been simple and basic, but it is wearing on Jotko. When he has been able to get free, Jotko has done a solid job; he’s just spent the majority of this round in the clinch or with his back against the fence.

Krzysztof Jotko def. Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Action continues on the next page.

Dan Ige Vs. Edson Barboza

A winner of his last five fights in a row, Dan Ige welcomes Edson Barboza to the featherweight division.

Ige picked up a decision over Mirsad Bektic this past February at UFC 247 to improve to 13-2 overall and 5-1 with the UFC. Barboza, who competed at lightweight, has lost two in a row and is 20-8. 

Of course, Barboza’s string of 1-4 in his last five has been against some of the best. He lost to current UFC champions Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov, along with Kevin Lee and Paul Felder, who will be calling the bout. 

Ige lands and that ignites Barboza, who drops him and gains control inside his guard. Slew of hammer-fists by Barboza before Ige breaks free and gets back to his feet.

The speed in which Barboza gets his kicks off is just ridiculous. You know they are coming, but the quickness makes them so dangerous.

First three minutes of the second have belonged to Ige before Barboza gets his offense going, starting again with his kicks. Excellent sprawl into a takedown defended by Barboza. 

Very even fight in terms of the stats, with Ige winning the striking to the head/body, while Barboza, of course, leads in leg kicks. Good knees to the midsection by Barboza force Ige to shoot for a takedown.

Ige with a big takedown and connects on the ground. The bout ends with both men in close on the ground and we head to the scorecards yet again following a great 15-minute battle.

Dan Ige def. Edson Barboza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Claudia Gadelha Vs. Angela Hill

It’s time for the co-main event featuring former UFC strawweight title contender Claudia Gadelha and Angela Hill.

The 31-year-old Gadelha is coming off a decision over Randa Markos that moved her to 17-4 overall. She is 4-2 over her last six since a loss to then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the title in 2016.

Hill, meanwhile, will be competing for the third time in 2020 – which is pretty incredible considering the time the UFC sat on the sidelines. She has scored wins over Loma Lookboonmee and Hannah Cifers, and is on a three-fight win streak overall that has improved her record to 12-7.

This will be her seventh fight in 421 days, just a handful of days shorter than the run put together by Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Lots of constant movement by both fighters in the early going. Hill catches her with a quick knee to the midsection. These two are throwing with a lot of power behind their punches. 

Gadelha works hard for a takedown and finally gets it, dragging Hill to the canvas. She’s got a minute to work and is landing with quick, rapid-fire strikes. 

Hill connects and drops Gadelha, following up with a few punches. However, she screams to get Gadelha up and they are standing and trading again. Really strong bounce-back round for Hill as we head to the third.

Really good series of exchanges between these two strawweights. Constant, in-your-face action from start to finish. 

Claudia Gadelha def. Angela Hill via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alistair Overeem Vs. Walt Harris

It’s the final fight of this incredible three-event, eight-day trip we’ve been with the UFC in Jacksonville as former title contender Alistair Overeem welcomes an emotional Walt Harris to the Octagon.

Overeem, who previously held the Strikeforce title and competed for UFC gold, is coming off a fifth round knockout loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik. He had won two in a row and enters 45-18 overall.

Harris has been focusing on his family since the tragic death of his step-daughter. The 36-year-old is 13-7 and unbeaten over his last four fights with three wins.

Lots of emotion from Overeem as he embraces Harris. However, now that the first strikes have been thrown, it appears to be more of a “fight.” 

Harris connects and drops Overeem as he continues to follow up with big strikes. Overeem protecting himself but is stuck on his back again. He’s really covering up well and working for a submission. 

Huge cut over the eye of Overeem and he’s hurt again by big strikes. However, Harris gets in too high and Overeem takes him down to the canvas. Overeem has taken the back and is controlling an arm with over two minutes to go in the round. 

Both fighters taking deep breathes between rounds. Overeem catches him with a head-kick and Harris is hurt. “The Reem” is on top of him pounding with punches while securing his legs around the waist. 

Man, that head-kick was a thing of beauty by Overeem. He locks in both hooks and flattens Harris out. His coaches are right there, trying to get him to roll but he has Overeem stuck on him right now and this one is close to being stopped. 

It wasn’t vicious, but the ref has stepped in and this one is all over. Harris wasn’t getting out anytime soon.

Overeem covers up Harris and they embrace. A subdued 40th birthday celebration for Overeem in this one all things considered.

Alistair Overeem def. Walt Harris via TKO (strikes) at 3:00 of Round 2