UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Harris will be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, May 17 at 11am AEST.
The main event is a Heavyweight bout between veteran Alistair Overeem and heavy-hitter Walt Harris.
Here are our best bets for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Harris.
Alistair Overeem vs Walt Harris
Overeem was heading towards a three-fight win streak before a brutal TKO in the final seconds of the fifth round against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. His victories leading up to that fight were TKO wins over Sergei Pavlovich and ‘The Boa Constrictor’ Aleksei Oleinik.
Harris stopped The Boa Constrictor in 12 seconds with a KO victory at his last fight and he has won three of his past four bouts; the other was a split decision win to Harris that was overturned after a positive test.
This will be an intriguing fight with all 13 of Harris’ victories coming via knockout. That could work in favour of Harris with Overeem suffering 14 of his 18 losses via knockout.
The key for Overeem will be his wrestling prowess where he boasts 17 submission victories. Most of his fights don’t go the distance so it’s unlikely this fight will go the full five rounds here.
Overeem will be more calculated in his approach against the heavy hands of Harris and if he can find an opening to secure a takedown, Overeem can go to work with a mixture of shots and submission attempts.
Dan Ige vs Edson Barboza
Edson Barboza will make his Featherweight debut against Dan Ige who has won his last five fights. Barboza has lost four of his past five against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Kevin Lee, Justin Gaethje and Paul Felder.
Ige’s last win came over Mirsad Bektic and his pressure in the fight could be telling with Ige averaging almost two takedowns per 15 minutes.
Barboza successfully weighed in at 145.5lbs for his Featherweight debut, but the longer this fight goes, it should favour Ige who can look to expend the gas tank of ‘Junior’ who may or may not handle the weight cut from 155lbs.
This is a coin-flip fight. Barboza at his best would be hard to beat but the weight cut and all-round fighting style of Ige has us leading to him. The fact he is the underdog in the fight appeals and if Ige is to prevail, it will likely be via decision or submission.