The UFC hits Washington D.C. on Saturday night with UFC on ESPN 7. The UFC DC event is headlined by a heavyweight bout between former title contender Alistair Overeem and rising star Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The event takes place at the Capital One Arena.
Walt Harris was originally scheduled to meet Overeem in the main event but had to withdraw from the contest after tragedy struck his family.
A pair of strawweights take the co-main event spot at Marina Rodriguez meets Cynthia Calvillo at 115-pounds. Yesterday, Calvillo missed weight by 4.5 pounds coming in at 120.5 pounds for the contest which was set for a 116-pound maximum weight limit.
Also, Stefan Struve returns from a brief retirement to take on the extremely well-rounded Ben Rothwell at heavyweight.
Good Lord…. what a way to kick off the card. Makhmud Muradov defeated Trevor Smith in the opening bout with a third round knockout that spun Smith around and sent his mouthpiece flying across the octagon.
WALK. OFF. 😱
Straight power from @MakhmudMuradov!
— UFC (@ufc) December 7, 2019
Joe Solecki moves to 9-2 after dominating more than 12 minutes of his 15-minute bout against Matt Wiman. Although Wiman was being completely outclassed he refused to give up. The judges ruled the fight unanimously in favor of Solecki.
Absolutely dominating performance by Bryce Mitchell who becomes just the second fighter in UFC history to win by twister submission. Mitchell submitted Matt Sayles in the very first round with the extremely rare finisher.
UFC HISTORY 📝
🇺🇸 @ThugnastyMMA records the second twister EVER in the Octagon!
— UFC (@ufc) December 8, 2019
These fights are non-stop action tonight in D.C. Billy Quarantillo dominated every second of his fight against late comer Jacob Kilburn. It was absolute beat down from start to finish.
Tim Means comes back from a nasty leg break to finish former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves in the very first round with a guillotine choke submission.
Aspen Ladd takes the fight to Yana Kunitskaya and wins with a third round TKO.
After two shots below the belt, Stefan Struve folds to Ben Rothwell near the end of the second round. Tough fight to watch.
The night’s co-main event….. another majority draw.
The main event…… what can you say? Lackluster ….. until the dog won. Rozenstruik finishes the extremely seasoned Overeem with just 4 seconds to go. WHAT?
UFC on ESPN 7 – UFC DC results below:
Main Card (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Alistair Overeem via KO – Round 5, 4:56
Marina Rodriguez defeated Cynthia Calvillo ruled majority draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Ben Rothwell defeated Stefan Struve via TKO – Round 2, 4:57
Aspen Ladd defeated Yana Kunitskaya via TKO – Round 3, 0:33
Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong ruled majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Rob Font defeated Ricky Simon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Preliminary Bouts (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET)
Tim Means defeated Thiago Alves via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:38
Billy Quarantillo defeated Jacob Kilburn via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:18
Bryce Mitchell defeated Matt Sayles via submission (twister) – Round 1, 4:20
Joe Solecki defeated Matt Wiman via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)
Early Preliminary Bouts (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Virna Jandiroba defeated Mallory Martin via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:16
Makhmud Muradov defeated Trevor Smith via KO – Round 3, 4:09