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Amsterdam, Netherlands’ Alistair Overeem earns 11th UFC win, knocks out Walt Harris in Jacksonville, Florida

Alistair Overeem, Dan Miragliotta, Walt Harris (©UFC)

Alistair Overeem, Dan Miragliotta, Walt Harris (©UFC)

Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 40, of Amsterdam, Netherlands was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Jamaican-Dutch mixed martial artist’s 11th victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the main event of the evening, Jotko fought Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.

Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes in the second round when Overeem knocked out Harris via ground and pound.

 

Born in Hounslow, London, England on May 17, 1980 to a Jamaican father and a Dutch mother, Overeem made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and his UFC debut in 2011. The first 10 opponents he defeated in the promotion were Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, Junior dos Santos, Andrei Arlovski, Mark Hunt, Fabricio Werdum, Sergey Pavlovich and Alexey Oleinik.

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Overeem to 46 wins, 18 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. It was the eighth time the Amsterdam native won a UFC bout via knockout.

On the other hand, Harris now has 13 wins, 8 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. It was his sixth loss in the UFC.

Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Overeem solely represented the Netherlands while Harris was one of the 12 representatives of the U.S.

The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.

Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.

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