Krzysztof Jotko, 30, of Orneta, Poland was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Polish mixed martial artist’s ninth 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 eighth bout of the evening, Jotko fought Eryk “Ya boy” Anders, 33, of Birmingham, Alabama, USA in the middleweight division.
Herb Dean served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the middleweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who scored it 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the blue corner.
In the end, Dean raised the hand of Jotko. The Polish MMA fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Jotko to 22 wins and 4 losses. The Orneta native is now riding a three-bout winning streak.
On the other hand, Anders now has 13 wins and 5 losses. It was his fifth loss in the UFC.
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.
Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Jotko solely represented Poland while Anders was one of the 12 representatives of the U.S.
Born in Elbląg, Poland on August 19, 1989, Jotko made his professional MMA debut in 2010 and his UFC debut in 2013. The first eight opponents he defeated in the promotion were Bruno Santos, Tor Troéng, Scott Askham, Brad Scott, Tamdan McCrory, Thales Leites, Alen Amedovski and Marc-André Barriault.