The UFC returns for the third time in a week with UFC on ESPN 8 on Saturday, May 16. In the main event, Alistair Overeem meets Walt Harris.
In the history of sports, there has been a storyline that at times, things are bigger than the event being played. On Saturday, in what can only be described as one of the most brave acts in recent sports history, Walt Harris will return to the UFC after suffering a tragedy that no human should ever go through.
In what became a nationwide story last year Harris and his wife Angela suffered a horrific tragedy when their 19-year old daughter Aniah Blanchard was missing, and on November 25, she was confirmed dead.
In his way however, will be former UFC heavyweight title contender Alistair Overeem. “The Demolition Man” returns to the cage for the first time since his late fifth round loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December 2019. Overeem’s upper lip was busted wide open from the powerful strikes of Rozenstruik.
UFC on ESPN 8 results below:
Main card (9 p.m. ET on ESPN)
Alistair Overeem defeated Walt Harris via TKO – Round 2, 3:00
Claudia Gadelha defeated Angela Hill via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dan Ige defeated Edson Barboza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Krzysztof Jotko defeated Eryk Anders via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Song Yadong defeated Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Preliminary card (ESPN, ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
Miguel Baeza defeated Matt Brown via KO – Round 2, 0:18
Kevin Holland defeated Anthony Hernandez via TKO – Round 1, 0:39
Giga Chikadze defeated Irwin Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Nate Landwehr defeated Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Cortney Casey defeated Mara Romero Borella via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:36
Rodrigo Nascimento defeated Don’Tale Mayes via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:05