|UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||May 16, 2020|
|Venue||VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena|
|City||Jacksonville, Florida, United States|
|Attendance||None (behind closed doors)|
UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Harris (also known as UFC on ESPN 8) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on May 16, 2020, at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. It was originally planned to take place as a Fight Night on ESPN+ at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC president Dana White announced on April 9 that starting with UFC 249, all future events were indefinitely postponed (see section below). On April 24 the event was confirmed for Jacksonville on its original date.
While not officially announced by the organization, the promotion was targeting a lightweight bout between former interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker to serve as the event headliner. However, it was reported on April 8 that the main event was expected to be a heavyweight bout between the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and UFC Heavyweight Championship challenger Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. The pairing was previously scheduled to headline UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik on December 7, 2019, but Harris pulled out of the fight in early November, citing the disappearance and death of his stepdaughter in her home state of Alabama. They were later booked to headline UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris on April 11 but the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, some Brazilian fighters were unable to compete due to visa issues at the original event – Lara Procópio (who was expected to face Cortney Casey in a women's flyweight bout), former KSW Women's Flyweight Champion Ariane Lipski and Luana Carolina (who were expected to meet at the same weight).
The event was originally expected to take place at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. On April 2, the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the division of the state government that includes the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), extended a ban on combat sports events through the end of May due to the coronavirus pandemic, making the venue unable to host the fight card. The event was officially removed from California on April 20. On April 24, the UFC confirmed the new UFC 249 for May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida, along with two other events on May 13 and 16 for the same location.
The UFC confirmed on May 1 that Overeem and Harris would headline this event and to be broadcast on ESPN. Additionally, the event included fighters that were pulled from other events previously cancelled, as well as the following bouts:
Some fights that were originally expected to take place at this event on its first booking, but will be rescheduled for future cards include a flyweight bout between Alex Perez and Kai Kara-France, as well as a featherweight bout between Jared Gordon and Matt Sayles.
Mike Davis was scheduled to face Giga Chikadze at the event. However, Davis was removed from the card on May 14 and replaced by promotional newcomer Irwin Rivera.
|Main Card (ESPN)|
|Heavyweight||Alistair Overeem||def.||Walt Harris||TKO (punches)||2||3:00|
|Women’s Strawweight||Cláudia Gadelha||def.||Angela Hill||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Dan Ige||def.||Edson Barboza||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Krzysztof Jotko||def.||Eryk Anders||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Song Yadong||def.||Marlon Vera||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (ESPN/ESPN+)|
|Welterweight||Miguel Baeza||def.||Matt Brown||TKO (punches)||2||0:18|
|Middleweight||Kevin Holland||def.||Anthony Hernandez||TKO (knees and punches)||1||0:39|
|Featherweight||Giga Chikadze||def.||Irwin Rivera||Decision (unanimous) (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Featherweight||Nate Landwehr||def.||Darren Elkins||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)||3||5:00|
|Women's Flyweight||Cortney Casey||def.||Mara Romero Borella||Submission (armbar)||1||3:36|
|Heavyweight||Rodrigo Nascimento||def.||Don’Tale Mayes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||2:05|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
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