UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik

UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik (also known as UFC on ESPN 7) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on December 7, 2019 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., United States.[2][3]

UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik
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The poster for UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateDecember 7, 2019 (2019-12-07)
VenueCapital One Arena
CityWashington, D.C., United States
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Jacaré UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington


The event was the second that the promotion had contested in the American capital, following UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson in October 2011.[3]

The event was also dubbed 'Fight Like Hell Night' and held in honor of the late ESPN broadcaster Stuart Scott, who died from cancer in 2015.[4][5]

A heavyweight bout between the former 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and UFC Heavyweight Championship challenger Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris was expected to serve as the event headliner.[6][7] However on November 1, Harris withdrew from the event due to the ongoing search for his missing stepdaughter, whose remains were found a month after her disappearance.[8][9] He was replaced by Jairzinho Rozenstruik.[10]

A women's strawweight bout between former UFC Women's Strawweight Championship challenger Cláudia Gadelha and Cynthia Calvillo was scheduled for the event. However on October 22, it was announced that Gadelha was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a broken finger and a torn ligament.[11] She was replaced by Marina Rodriguez.[12]

A women's strawweight bout between Cortney Casey and former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Virna Jandiroba was scheduled for the event.[13] However, Casey pulled out on October 31 due to undisclosed reasons. She was replaced by another former Invicta FC Strawweight Champion Lívia Renata Souza.[14] In turn, Souza pulled out of the fight a few weeks later and was replaced by promotional newcomer Mallory Martin.[15]

A middleweight bout between Alonzo Menifield and Trevor Smith was scheduled for the event. However on November 10, it was reported that Menifield pulled out of the event for an undisclosed reason and was replaced by Makhmud Muradov.[16]

Mickey Gall was expected to face former WEC Welterweight Champion and interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit at the event.[17] However, Condit pulled out on November 13 due to a detached retina and the bout was subsequently cancelled.[18][19]

A featherweight bout between Chris Fishgold and Billy Quarantillo was scheduled for the event. However, Fishgold withdrew from the bout on November 27 for an undisclosed reason.[20] He was replaced by Jacob Kilburn.[21]

At the weigh-ins, Cynthia Calvillo and Matt Sayles missed the required weight for their respective fights. Calvillo weighed in at 120.5 pounds, 4.5 pounds over the strawweight non-title fight limit of 116 pounds. Sayles weighed in at 148.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the featherweight non-title fight limit of 146 pounds. Both bouts were held at a catchweight. Calvillo and Sayles were fined 30% and 20% of their purses, which went to their opponents Rodriguez and Mitchell.[22]


Main Card (ESPN)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik def. Alistair Overeem KO (punch) 5 4:56
Catchweight (120.5 lb) Marina Rodriguez vs. Cynthia Calvillo Draw (majority) (29–28, 28–28, 28–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Ben Rothwell def. Stefan Struve TKO (punches) 2 4:57 [a]
Women's Bantamweight Aspen Ladd def. Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) 3 0:33
Bantamweight Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong Draw (majority) (29–27, 28–28, 28–28) 3 5:00 [b]
Bantamweight Rob Font def. Ricky Simón Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN)
Welterweight Tim Means def. Thiago Alves Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:38
Featherweight Billy Quarantillo def. Jacob Kilburn Submission (triangle choke) 2 3:18
Catchweight (148.5 lb) Bryce Mitchell def. Matt Sayles Submission (Twister) 1 4:20
Lightweight Joe Solecki def. Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)
Women's Strawweight Virna Jandiroba def. Mallory Martin Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 1:16
Middleweight Makhmud Muradov def. Trevor Smith KO (punch) 3 4:09
  1. ^ Rothwell was deducted a point in round 2 due to repeated groin strikes.
  2. ^ Yadong was deducted a point in round 1 due to an illegal knee.


Bonus awardsEdit

The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.[24]

  • Fight of the Night: Rob Font vs. Ricky Simón
  • Performance of the Night: Bryce Mitchell and Makhmud Muradov

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-07-08). "UFC announces fourth quarter schedule for 2019". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  3. ^ a b Rick Maese (2019-07-07). "UFC to return to Washington for December event at Capital One Arena". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2019-07-26.
  4. ^ "UFC on ESPN 7 Results: Alistair Overeem suffers one of the worst looking injuries in MMA history, two big fights end in draws". www.sportskeeda.com. 2019-12-08. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  5. ^ "UFC Fight Like Hell Night: Donate now to the V Foundation". ESPN.com. 2019-12-02. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  6. ^ Steven Marrocco (2019-08-13). "Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris headlines UFC on ESPN 7". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2019-08-14). "Overeem vs. Harris to headline UFC Washington D.C." ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  8. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-11-01). "Walt Harris withdraws from UFC on ESPN 7 headliner vs. Alistair Overeem". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  9. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2019-11-27). "Aniah Blanchard confirmed dead following autopsy report". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  10. ^ Mike Bohn (2019-11-04). "Jair Rozenstruik meets Alistair Overeem in UFC on ESPN 7 headliner". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  11. ^ Cole Shelton (2019-10-23). "Claudia Gadelha withdraws from Cynthia Calvillo fight, Angela Hill offers to fill in". bjpenn.com. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  12. ^ Redactie (2019-10-24). "Marina Rodriguez replaces Claudia Gadelha against Cynthia Calvillo during UFC Washington". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-10-24. (in Dutch)
  13. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-09-14). "Cortney Casey vs. Virna Jandiroba added to UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, D.C." mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  14. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-10-31). "Livinha Souza replaces Cortney Casey against Virna Jandiroba at UFC on ESPN 7". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-11-26). "Mallory Martin replaces injured Livinha Souza against Virna Jandiroba at UFC on ESPN 7". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  16. ^ Redactie (2019-11-09). "Again short notice for Makhmud Muradov, this time against Trevor Smith in Washington". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-11-09. (in Dutch)
  17. ^ Damon Martin (2019-09-28). "Carlos Condit vs. Mickey Gall headed to UFC on ESPN 7 in D.C." mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  18. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-11-14). "Detached retina forces Carlos Condit out of UFC on ESPN 7 matchup with Mickey Gall". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchefield (2019-11-27). "Mickey Gall pulled from UFC on ESPN 7 card following Carlos Condit injury". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  20. ^ Nolan King (2019-11-26). "Chris Fishgold out of UFC on ESPN 7 fight against Billy Quarantillo". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  21. ^ Redactie (2019-11-29). "Jacob Kilburn takes a short notice game against Billy Quarantillo during UFC Washington". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2019-11-29. (in Dutch)
  22. ^ Staff (2019-12-06). "UFC on ESPN 7 weigh-in results: Overeem-Rozenstruik official, but Calvillo misses by 4.5 pounds". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-12-06.
  23. ^ "UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  24. ^ Staff (2019-12-08). "UFC DC bonuses: Of course that twister earned Bryce Mitchell $50k". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-12-08.