The UFC’s quick-fire return to schedule concluded on Saturday night time as Alistair Overeem recorded his 46th profession win on the eve of his 40th birthday.
After wading via adversity early within the first-round, Overeem’s expertise and underrated floor recreation allowed him to tie up Walt Harris on the mat and tire out his explosive foe.
With Harris noticeably slower within the second stanza, a flush head kick dropped the ‘Large Ticket’ earlier than some managed ground-and-pound ensured a win in Overeem’s fourth completely different decade of preventing.
Elsewhere at UFC on ESPN 8, the remainder of the principle card was stuffed with shut selections whereas the preliminary card noticed 4 stoppages in six bouts.
With the UFC now on the sidelines till Might 30th, with an occasion TBA at TBD, listed here are 5 fights for the promotion’s matchmakers to contemplate with the massive winners of the ultimate occasion of their Jacksonville, Florida residency:
Alistair Overeem vs. Derrick Lewis
If not for a last-second KO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December 2019, Alistair Overeem can be presently using a four-fight successful streak within the heavyweight division.
Along with his newest win over Walt Harris, nonetheless, ‘The Demolition Man’ is again within the win column and his declaration of 1 closing UFC title push shouldn’t fall on deaf ears.
On account of his storied profession, there are little in the way in which of recent match-ups for Overeem to contemplate however with Derrick Lewis occupying the same place within the UFC’s heavyweight rankings, an Overeem – Lewis bout is one of the best transfer for each males.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza II
Getting the nod on a doubtful cut up resolution in opposition to Angela Hill, Claudia Gadelha is now on a two-fight win streak at 115 lbs.
The previous title challenger was instantly referred to as out by a former opponent within the wake of her victory and a rematch with Carla Esparza is smart.
With Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade more likely to sq. off once more someday quickly and Tatiana Suarez sidelined via damage, Gadelha – Esparza II sees the following two highest-ranked contenders coming off wins paired up.
Dan Ige vs. Shane Burgos
One other seemingly beneficiary of some doubtful judges scorecards, Dan Ige picked up the win over Edson Barboza on the Brazilian’s featherweight debut.
Ige is now on a six-fight successful streak at 145 lbs and his spectacular run is deserving of a prime 10 opponent.
With Shane Burgos sitting at #10, that struggle must be pencilled in for each males.
Music Yadong vs. Rob Font
Rising victorious within the ‘Battle of the Night time’, Music Yadong defeated Marlon Vera in a superb back-and-forth bout.
Whereas the Yadong – Vera struggle was contested at 145 lbs, the 2 males struggle primarily on the bantamweight restrict and that’s the place the winners subsequent struggle ought to happen.
With Rob Font performing as a prime 10 gatekeeper of types in his final two outings, Yadong must be subsequent up for a crack at Font in what guarantees to be a superb stand-up battle.
Miguel Baeza vs. Daniel Rodriguez
Knocking out UFC veteran Matt Brown, Miguel Baeza’s beautiful second-round win made certain numerous MMA followers take discover of the 27-year outdated from right here on out.
With Daniel Rodriguez additionally stopping one other UFC veteran in Tim Means lately, a Baeza – Rodriguez bout would see two thrilling new UFC signees pit their expertise in opposition to each other.