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UFC Florida: Overeem vs. Harris - Preview

Ending a tiring sequence of three events in just seven days, UFC Florida closes the account of the largest organization with a less interesting card than the other two, but which remains competent and must deliver good fights from start to finish. 

In the main event of the night, the experienced Alistair Overeem faces Walt Harris in the heavyweight division, in a duel that should not reach the end of the five rounds .

The  card also has relevant matches in different categories. In the straws, the ex-challenger  Cláudia Gadelha faces the former Invicta FC champion  Angela Hil , while in the feathers,  Edson Barboza tries his first victory in the category against the promising  Dan Ige . Finally, promising Chinese  Yadong Song faces stabilized  Marlon Vera .

UFC Florida will be broadcast exclusively on Canal Combate. The preliminary card  is scheduled to start at   10:30 PM, while the  main card must air at 1: 00 AM always at the official GMT time.


The golden times with 12 fights won in a row, four undefeated years and a lot of horse meat no longer exist. So Alistair Overeem (45-18 in MMA, 10-7 in the UFC) had to reshape his game. One of the biggest kickboxers to play in MMA, Overeem remains very important in the heavyweight division to this day and even won a title shot against Stipe Miocic, even managing to apply a heavy knockdown on the champion, but without achieving victory. In the last fight, he delivered the paçoca with four seconds to go against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

Overeem has always been known for his weak chin and this will torment his game forever, but lately, he seems to be more careful to hide that weakness, with a more cautious and evasive game. Technically excellent, the Dutchman's arsenal of strikes is huge, with powerful kicks and knees. In the clinch is where Overeem does a lot of damage, being feared in this respect even by the biggest kickboxers of his generation. The ground does not usually disappoint, having this alternative against blind opponents in the area - which exist in heavy trucks, abusing a powerful ground and pound . There are conditioning problems, in addition to the already mentioned negative shock absorption.

“The Big Ticket” Walt Harris (13-7 in MMA, 6-6 in the UFC) will make his first fight after a great personal drama, which was the death of his stepdaughter in a murder case that moved the sporting world. Harris had a very bad first pass through the UFC, but on his return, after moments of irregularity, he managed to establish himself as a member of the heavyweight ranking . His last two wins came before even a minute, in a beating against rookie Sergei Spivak, in addition to the quick knockout over Aleksei Oleinik, in just twelve seconds.

Harris has an athletic background in basketball and is also a champion of the Golden Gloves, a famous amateur boxing tournament. Explosive and owner of heavy hands, Walt is an aggressive and very dangerous heavyweight when he advances, which usually does a lot of damage with sequences of punches. The movement is good and the American is above the category average physically. A problem that is well known about the athlete is the lack of skill on the ground, in addition to the very problematic fighting IQ, which has already cost him some defeats.
Not that Overeem doesn't have the capacity to win the fight standing up, after all, he is perhaps the most versatile striker in the division. But I believe that the best decision is to use the grappling fight, stick Harris on the grid, take down and finish. For Walt it is a matter of taking advantage of the fact that he is the fighter with the lowest mileage, with ten years less career than Overeem, and getting the knockout standing up, insisting on explosive attacks and counterattacks.

I think that at some point in the fight, Overeem manages to take the fight to the grid, cause some damage to the clinch and take the fight to the ground, where he must finish Harris without too many problems or get the technical knockout.