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UFC on ESPN 8: Alistair Overeem bounces back to stop Walt Harris

Overeem overcomes Harris' explosive start

Alistair Overeem earned a second-round TKO victory over Walt Harris in the heavyweight main event of UFC on ESPN 8 Saturday Night in Jacksonville, Florida.

Harris connected in the first round with a big shot that dropped the favoured Overeem to the canvas. Harris tried to finish by swarming Overeem with strikes, but the “Demolition Man” somehow survived.

The second round saw Overeem return the favour, landing a headlock that sent Harris sprawling. Overeem secured the back mount and used ground-and-pound to force referee Dan Miragliota to call the bout at 3:00.

With the win, the No. 8 ranked Overeem has now won three of his last four bouts.

Harris had his four fight unbeaten streak snapped with the loss. He was returning after dealing with the recent death of his daughter Aniah. He was understandably emotional going into the bout and afterwards.

Overeem made sure to pay his respects after the fight.

Cortney Casey and Miguel Baeza earned performances of the night, while Song Yadong and Marlon Vera earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a USD$50,000 bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD

#14 SONG YADONG VS. #15 MARLON VERA

WINNER: SONG YADONG VIA SD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SONG YADONG VIA TKO

Andrews: Yong did not look good, I thought Vera won the last two rounds. He was lucky the judges saw it his way.

ERYK ANDERS VS. KRZYSZTOF JOTKO 

WINNER: KRZYSZTOF JOTKO VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ERYK ANDERS VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Anders would find a way to break through, but Jotko shut him down. Good win.

#15 DAN IGE VS. EDSON BARBOZA

WINNER: DAN IGE VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAN IGE VIA UD

Andrews: Barboza started off fast, but then Ige battle back enough to narrowly steal the fight.

#6 CLAUDIA GADELHA VS. ANGELA HILL

WINNER: CLAUDIA GADELHA VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANGELA HILL VIA UD

Andrews: I thought Hill did enough. Disappointing loss.

MAIN EVENT

#8 ALISTAIR OVEREEM VS. #9 WALT HARRIS 

 

WINNER: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO (STRIKES) R2 3:00

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALISTAIR OVEREEM VIA TKO

Andrews: Harris almost had it, but credit to Overeem for surviving and then landing the kick. Tough loss for Harris.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN 8: Alistair Overeem bounces back to stop Walt Harris

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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