The second fight night of the week from UFC comes Saturday evening, with a card headlined by Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the action taking place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Quick Results – Click to skip to a fight:
Preliminary Card (6:00PM EDT) (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass (first hour in Canada), TSN1, 4 & 5 (second and third hour in Canada)
Bout 1: Rodrigo Nascimento def. Dontale Mayes via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:05)
Bout 2: Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 3:36)
Bout 3: Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 4: Giga Chikadze def. Irwin Rivera via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Kevin Holland def. Anthony Hernandez via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:39)
Bout 6: Miguel Baeza def. Matt Brown via KO, Left Hook (RD 2, 0:18)
Main Card (9PM EDT) (ESPN / TSN 1, 4 & 5)
Bout 7: Song Yadong def. Marlon Vera via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Krzysztof Jotko def. Eryk Anders via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Edson Barboza (20-8) vs. Dan Ige (13-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 10: Claudia Gadelha (17-4) vs. Angela Hill (12-7) (Strawweight)
Bout 11: Alistair Overeem def. Walt Harris via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 3:00)
Overeem Endures, Wins In Second Round
Weathering a first round storm, Alistair Overeem stopped Walt Harris in the second round with punches on the ground.
Overeem dropped Harris in the second round after a head kick and punch. On the back of Harris, Overeem landed dozens of punches until the fight ended.
Harris had dropped Overeem in the first round, however the Dutch fighter was able to recover and get back up.
Only minutes after competing, once the clock hit midnight, Overeem turned 40 years old.
The matchup was the returning fight for Harris, who dealt with the tragic loss of his step-daughter Aniah Blanchard in 2019. After the fight, he thanked the UFC and his community among others who supported his family.
Play-by-play of Overeem versus Harris.
Gadelha Edges Out Decision Win
A close fight between Claudia Gadelha and Angela Hill went in favour of the Brazilian fighter via split decision. The striking battle saw Gadelha knoc
In the second round, Gadelha was knocked down by a right cross from Hill. The tempo of strikes seemingly increased over the course of the fight in favour of Hill.
Gadelha entered this fight ranked sixth in the strawweight division.
Play-by-play of Gadelha versus Hill.
Ige Extends Winning Streak
Dan Ige toughed out a decision win over Edson Barboza on the main card of UFC. The win was the first split decision of the evening, with two judges favouring Ige.
“Edson’s a tough guy, one of the best in the world,” said Ige after the fight, praising his opponent.
With the win, Ige moved to six wins in a row.
“That’s six in a row … I want the best guys,” said Ige after the fight.
The fight was a move down to featherweight for Barboza, who had fought his entire UFC career at lightweight before.
Play-by-play for Ige versus Barboza.
Jotko Wins Over Anders
Krzysztof Jotko got a unanimous decision victory over Eryk Anders. Jotko landed better striking on Anders, who spent most of the fight attempting to land a takedown. Jotko now holds a three-fight winning streak that first kicked off in 2019.
Play-by-play for Jotko versus Anders.
Song Yadong Gets Decision Nod Over Marlon Vera
After three close rounds, Song Yadong took a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera. The fight saw a striking battle that slowly heated up throughout, with takedowns and sweeps being utilized in the final round.
Play-by-play of Song versus Vera.
Baeza Trades Blows With Brown, Wins
After both Miguel Baeza and Matt Brown traded blows for a close first round, it was Baeza that closed the show in the second round. A left hook knocked Brown out, giving Baeza a win in the sixth minute.
The first round saw both fighters have their moments, with both of them being dropped at some point.
Vera”It was a lot of fun, but I have to go back to drawing and make sure I do what we strategized,” said Baeza, mentioning how he got caught with strikes as well.
Play-by-play of Baeza versus Brown.
Holland Gets It Done Quickly
An aggressive opening push from Kevin Holland proved to be enough against Anthony Hernandez, who was stopped in the first round with strikes. Coming forward with punches and elbows, a knee to the body was what put Hernandez down, with a few punches being landed on the ground before the fight was ended.
“Mickey Gall, I usually get choked out, so if you wanna do that, that’s the only way you usually win, let’s run it,” said Holland after the fight, calling out the welterweight.
Play-by-play of Holland versus Hernandez.
Chikadze Displays Striking Skills
Giga Chikadze defeated short-notice opponent Irwin Rivera on the prelims, putting on three-straight dominant rounds of striking.
“He drives so long, he loses weight,” said Chikadze, commending his opponent for getting ready on short notice.
Chikadze also requested that UFC holds an event in his home country of Georgia.
Play-by-play of Chikadze versus Rivera.
Landwehr Wins War With Elkins
A close three-round battle saw Nate Landwehr beat Darren Elkins via decision. Taking a few minutes to slip into a groove, Landwehr out-struck Elkins throughout.
“That was the funnest fight I’ve ever had,” said Landwehr after the fight.
Two cuts on the face of Elkins caused a pause in the fight, leaving both fighters quite bloody near the end.
The win saw Landwehr bounce back from his UFC debut, where he lost to Herbert Burns.
Play-by-play of Landwehr versus Elkins.
New Year, New Class, New Win For Casey
Cortney Casey locked in an armbar from bottom position to beat Mara Romero Borella in the first round. The win is the first in the flyweight division for Casey, who fought at strawweight before.
“Yeah I’ll probably stay here for a bit, talk to the matchmakers and see what happens.”
After Borella got a takedown from a clinch, Casey first tried for a triangle choke. After that, an armbar proved successful as it made Borella tap out.
Casey endorsed a fighter in the main event slot afterwards as well.
“Walt [Harris] go out there and do your thing, man,” said Casey.
Play-by-play of Casey versus Borella.
Rear Naked Choke Seals Debut Win For Nascimento
Remaining undefeated, Rodrigo Nascimento had a successful UFC debut, stopping Don’Tale Mayes with a rear naked choke in the second minute.
The first round saw Nascimento dictate the striking. While Mayes was able to resist a takedown upon first attempt, he was taken down near the end of the round. When taken down in the second round, it did not take Nascimento long to lock in a rear naked choke from the back.
After the fight, Nascimento called out Chase Sherman, who won on Wednesday in the opening spot of a show.
“He won, I won, why don’t we do that fight,” said Nascimento in his post-fight interview.
With this fight, Mayes has lost his two appearances in the UFC.