Alistair Overeem overcame early difficulty and rallied to prevent Walt Harris in the next round of their heavyweight fight Saturday night in the UFC Fight Night headliner in an empty VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
The stoppage came in the 3 minute mark. With the triumph, Overeem combined Aleksei Oleinik since the sole active UFC fighters to acquire MMA battles in four different decades.
Harris swarmed Overeem with a two-punch combination and fell him against the cage about a minute into the first round. Harris continued to rain punches down since Overeem covered up, although Overeem attempted to scramble away.
The fight appeared close to being stopped, although a cut had opened near his left eye, Overeem was able to survive the onslaught and returned to his toes.
Moments later, Overeem got Harris on the floor, finally gaining top ranking, and he inflicted damage for much of the last two minutes of the round.
Overeem had Harris in big trouble midway through Round two, landing a huge kick to the head and after with two punches that floored Harris. Overeem took Harris’ back and continued to property strikes, finally flattening Harris out. With Harris not referee Dan Miragliotta waved off it and stepped in.
Overeem outlanded Harris 68-25, such as 41-1 in the second round.
The struggle was initially booked for last December, but Harris withdrew after his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard was shot to death in November. This was Harris’ first battle since then.
Harris (13-8, 1 NC), a 36-year-old Alabama native, was just starting to find himself in the UFC prior to the family catastrophe. He entered Saturday night undefeated in his four previous combats, including a 12-second knockout of Aleksei Oleinik at UFC San Antonio in is previous fight July 2019.
Overeem (46-18, 1 NC), 39, bounced back from a devastating loss in December when he had been knocked out by Jairzinho Rozenstruik with 4 minutes left in a bout Overeem was winning. Before that loss he’d won two consecutive.