UFC on ESPN 7 Results ‘Overeem vs. Rozenstruik’ – LIVE Updates & Results

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Rob Font defeated Ricky Simon via Unanimous Decision

The main event kicked off with an all out slug fest as advertised between two tough-as-nails bantamweight contenders. Rob Font was making his return after being away from the octagon in 2019 due to reasons including last minute opponent replacement, his difficult weight cut and injuries. With his last UFC win against Sergio Pettis in Dec’18, Rob Font needed a win in this tough test against Ricky Simon.

Font was able to employ his jabs early on and Kept Simon on his back foot. His disciplined ground game neutralized Simon’s take down attempts in the first round. But as the rounds progressed, Simon was able to pick Font and drop him on the ground several times and was soon catching up with his striking on the feet.With clock ticking and final round at stake, Simon began to rush forward recklessly. Font made him pay with several perfectly timed uppercuts and denying him of any take downs. No matter what Font was throwing at, Simon still kept coming forward. A final take down from Simon looked like it could spiral him ahead in the judges score card, but he was unable to maintain control on the ground, allowing Font to get back to his feet and continue dishing out jabs. In the final 45 seconds, both the bantamweights started swinging for the fences with the hopes of connecting a thunderous knockout. In the end, judges scored the fight in the favour of Font who was happy to get his hand raised.

Cody Stamann vs. Yadong Song is Ruled a Majority Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

A slightest error can shift the pace and the outcome of the entire fight. For Cody Stamann and Song Yadong, the illegal knee in the first round from Yadong changed the momentum and the fight result with, neither of the bantamweights getting to win the fight. After a point was deducted from Song for the ill timed knee in the opening round, the final scorecards read 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28.

Stamann went for a takedown in the first round, but Song elegantly stuffed him and after fighting his way free from it, Song was  able to control him with his head under his arms. But Stamann was still a grounded opponent. The knee landed flush o his forehead. The referee wasted no time in taking a point away from Song. After realizing this could potentially cause major problems, Song came all out guns blazing on the feet. But Stamann was constantly throwing takedown attempts to slowdown the Chinese force. Stamann relied on his grappling to keep Song underneath him while he dished out punches to make sure the young fighter would stay grounded. After a back and forth content, judges scored the fight a majority draw leaving both the fighters stunned and disappointed. With just one win in 2019 for both Stamann and Song; a win tonight could have given them a climbing spot in the packed bantamweight division.

Aspen Ladd defeated Yana Kunitskaya in Round 3 via TKO

Paying close attention to your coaches could lead you through a breakthrough! Aspen Ladd did exactly that between the rounds and came back with a punishing left hook that lead to a TKO victory. After tasting a knockout loss for the first time against top ranked bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie, Aspen Ladd came in to prove she is still a worthy contender in the women’s bantamweight division.

With the fight starting off on a slow pace in the first round, it soon turned direction after Ladd secured an outside trip take down. Once in a dominant position, Ladd advanced to take Yana’s back. Ladd began unleashing a flurry of punches as she furiously made it more vocal as she tried to finish the fight. But Yana survived the onslaught, setting herself free from the bad position. In the second round, Yana tried everything to keep Ladd away with her punches and kicks which were working for her as she blazed ahead in the judges score card securing the second round. But a fiery motivation from Ladd’s corner instructing her to keep punching until the fight is finished got Ladd all fired up. A perfectly timed left hand saw Yana drop on the mat and Ladd continuing to blast away until the referee finally saw enough and called a stop to the fight at 33 seconds into the final round.

With this win, Ladd improves her record to 9-1 in her career and 4-1 in the UFC.

Stefan Struve proved he has balls of steel as he repeatedly got low blowed by Ben Rothwell, and still managed to continue to fight. But it came at a cost, as Struve was finished by a flurry of punches late in the second round. After losing three straight fights, Struve took a hiatus from fighting. With his comeback win in Feb’19 Struve looked like he was back on his old days and was ready to take on Ben Rothwell.

Unfortunately, the fight was marked by two painful low blows. First one came in the round 1 after Rothwell launched an inside leg kick. Struve took all five minutes to recover. Once back on the move, Struve managed to land some heavy head kicks and leg kicks that put Rothwell in danger zone. It was evident, Struve won the first round with his aggression and striking. But the unfateful, second kick came in round 2 again, as Rothwell tried to land an inside leg as Struve was moving side ways. This time, Struve only took a few minutes to regroup.

Rothwell, who was deducted a point and after restarting, rushed ahead like a possessed fighter. Struve managed to return with some counter shots but Rothwell’s punches landed harder. Struve eventually dropped to the mat covering up unable to defend. With this win, Rothwell captured his first win since 2016.

Coming in 5lbs over the limit and having given up 30 percent of her fight purse; Cynthia Calvillo was in a desperate attempt to win the fight against the rising Brazilian straw weight Marina Rodriguez. But it turned out to be the toughest fight of her career as Marina put her in tough spots right from the first round.

The co-main event fight saw Marina starting off strong as she secured the initial two rounds to her name by mixing up her punches, knees and take downs. Marina continued to use her range and striking as an advantage to keep the fight on the feet. She was having success with her clinch as she pulled Cynthia’s head and landed some devastating knees to her head and body while Cynthia struggled to break free. In return, Cynthia pressed forward with the game plane to take the Brazilian down to the ground. Her only moment of triumph came in the third round as she nearly pulled off a finish. Though she didn’t get to finish the fight, it did manage to give her some edge in the judges sore cards.

This was the second majority draw of the event, after bantamweights Cody Stamann and Song Yadong’s fight ended in the same fashion.

Jairzinho Rozenstruik defeated Alistair Overeem via KO in Round 5

The main event fight was a big win-loose match up for both Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. If Overeem wins the fight, he gets the privilege to call out for a title shot. On the other hand, if Rozenstruik wins, he gets to call out a big name and make a name for himself in the heavyweight division. By looking at how the first three rounds went down, it seemed like Overeem was going to get his hand raised as he clearly won them all. But it’s the heavyweight division and one punch could change the careers and fates of fighters.

The Suriname native pulled off a jaw-dropping fifth round knockout with just four seconds left on the clock.

It took an awe-inspiring surge during that final round for Rozenstruik to get the knockout after connecting with a strong left and then following it with a right hand that exploded like a grenade in Overeem’s face, tearing his upper lip apart as he crashed down to the canvas. Rozenstruik walked away as if the fight was over but it was only after Overeem stumbled in his attempt to get back to the feet that referee Dan Miragliotta actually waived for the stoppage.

Overeem did everything possible to neutralize Rozenstruik’s striking and evade his power. He controlled the fight with his takedowns and ground game. Whenever he s on the top, Overeem dropped down short punches and elbows on Rozenstruik, who was clearly lost when it came to fighting off his back. Even after dropping three rounds, Rozenstruik displayed his durability but at times was barely surviving the onslaught from Overeem.

As the fight entered championship rounds, Rozenstruik was only throwing one strike at a time. Overeem made the most of it and punished Rozenstruik for his lack of engagement. But a sudden surge by Rozenstruik in the late fourth round changed the fight. His blistering combinations put Overeem against the cage. Slowly but steadily, Overeem began to fade and his cardio came into question. Finally with seconds left for the last horn, Rozenstruik unloaded his best move that dropped Overeem and without even worrying to follow up Rozenstruik just walked away in celebration.

With this win, Rozenstruik picked up the biggest win of his career over the former title contender and has the longest KO wins in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

 

 

Sohail Syed

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