Rodrigo “Zé Colmeia” Nascimento Ferreira, 27, of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the undefeated Brazilian mixed martial artist’s first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States on May 16, 2020. In the first bout of the evening, Nascimiento fought Don’Tale “Kong” Mayes, 28, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA in the heavyweight division.
Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. He put a stop to the heavyweight contest after 2 minutes and 5 seconds in the second round when Nascimento submitted Mayes via rear-naked choke.
“The message was very clear,” Nascimento said in his post-fight interview. “I’m here, I have variety and if you don’t train jiu jitsu you will die.”
Nascimento made his UFC debut at “UFC on ESPN 8.” Beating Mayes improved his professional MMA record to 8 wins and 0 loss.
On the other hand, Mayes now has 7 wins and 4 losses. It was his second bout and second 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. Nascimento was one of the three fighters who represented Brazil while Mayes 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.