For the third time in a week, the UFC held an event in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris took place on Saturday, May 16, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, and during the main card two middleweights squared off. Eryk Anders took on Krzysztof Jotko in a close, back-and-forth battle.
During the first round of their bout, Anders charged at Jotko with multiple strikes, forcing Jotko to retreat backward. However, the action happened so quickly and the referee of the match, Herb Dean, was behind Jotko. Dean quickly got out of the way of Anders’ assault in what was a near-miss incident.
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Once Dean got out of the way, UFC color commentator and current lightweight fighter Paul Felder said, “Herb Dean almost got kayoed there.” UFC play-by-play commentator Brendan Fitzgerald said, “Look out for the shrapnel there Herb.”
One UFC fan wrote, “Amazing footwork by Herb.” Another wrote, “He closed to get clapped.”
The fight between the two middleweights went the distance, and Jotko picked up his third victory in a row, winning the bout by unanimous decision. He has won in the UFC nine times since 2013.
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The Main Event Featured Top Heavyweights Alistair Overeem & Walt Harris
The main event of May 16’s UFC card in Florida featured a pair of two top-ten heavyweights. No. 8 ranked Alistair Overeem took on No. 9 ranked Walt Harris in an exciting and emotional bout. The fight on Saturday night marked Harris’ first match since his stepdaughter’s death.
Harris started out strong, hurting Overeem with brutal strikes. The veteran of over 60 professional mixed martial arts bouts weathered the storm, and he was able to take over the bout in the latter part of the first round.
Overeem ended the fight in the second round via back mount strikes. With this win, Overeem improved his record to 46-18 and one no contest. Harris’ record fell to 13-8 with one no contest.
Main Card Results
Heavyweight Bout: Alistair Overeem def. Walt Harris via Second-Round TKO
Women’s Strawweight Bout: Claudia Gadelha def. Angela Hill via Split Decision
Featherweight Bout: Dan Ige def. Edson Barboza via Split Decision
Middleweight Bout: Krzysztof Jotko def. Eryk Anders via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight Bout: Song Yadong def. Marlon Vera via Unanimous Decision
Preliminary Card Results
Welterweight Bout: Miguel Baeza def. Matt Brown via Second-Round KO
Middleweight Bout: Kevin Holland def. Anthony Hernandez via First-Round TKO
Featherweight Bout: Giga Chikadze def. Irwin Rivera via Unanimous Decision
Featherweight Bout: Nate Landwehr def. Darren Elkins via Unanimous Decision
Women’s Flyweight Bout: Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella via First-Round Armbar
Heavyweight Bout: Rodrigo Nascimento def. Don’Tale Mayes via First-Round Rear-Naked Choke