Boxing: Ruiz Jr. vs. Joshua 2 Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua are expected to make their way to the ring at approximately 3:45 p.m. ET.

UFC on ESPN 7 ‘Overeem vs. Rozenstruik’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round Scoring

Sherdog’s live UFC on ESPN 7 coverage begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

UFC on ESPN 7 Live Results: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik (results & fight stats)

UFC on ESPN 7 live results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. Full live results for the first UFC on ESPN 7: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik bout from Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.)


NOTE the UFCon ESPN 7 Live Results: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik start times

  • UFC on ESPN 7 main card start time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on ESPN
  • UFC on ESPN 7 prelims start time: 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on ESPN
  • UFC on ESPN 7 early prelims start time: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT on ESPN+

The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in Washington, DC, this week for a fight card topped by the big boys.

The UFC on ESPN 7 main event features 39-year-old Alistair Overeem, who faces 31-year-old Jairzinho Rozenstruik, as he makes a final run at the UFC heavyweight title.

Overeem has held titles in numerous organizations around the globe, but the UFC heavyweight title has thus far eluded him. He lost to Stipe Miocic in his only UFC title fight, so he’s looking to fight his way back into contention to see if he can finally capture that elusive championship.

He faces no easy task this weekend, however, as he squares off with Rozenstruik, who may not have the same level of experience as Overeem, but is currently 9-0 as a professional. He has won all three of his UFC bouts, as well as eight of his nine overall bouts, by way of knockout or TKO stoppage.

Rozenstruik is a late replacement for Walt Harris, who withdrew from the bout with Overeem in late October when his stepdaughter went missing. That situation ended in heartbreaking tragedy, as police found the remains of Aniah Blanchard, who is believed to have been murdered. 


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UFC on ESPN 7 Live Results: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik live results from Washington DC

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UFC on ESPN 7 Live Results: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik Fight Card

Main Card (9 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Cynthia Calvillo
  • Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Yana Kunitskaya
  • Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong
  • Rob Font vs. Ricky Simon

Prelims (7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Thiago Alves vs. Tim Means
  • Billy Quarantillo vs. Jacob Kilburn
  • Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles
  • Joe Solecki vs. Matt Wiman

Early Prelims (6 pm. ET on ESPN+)

  • Mallory Martin vs. Virna Jandiroba
  • Makhmud Muradov vs. Trevor Smith

Dana White has verbal deal in place with Floyd Mayweather; confirms Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone

Dana White angry and Floyd Mayweather

Dana White on Thursday confirmed that he has an agreement with Floyd Mayweather Jr. to do something together, likely in October or November of 2020.

A longtime regular on The Jim Rome Show, White used the platform to not only reconfirm that the Conor McGregor vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone bout is official for UFC 246 in January in Las Vegas, but to also confirm that he and Mayweather had verbally agreed to some sort of deal for 2020.

Just what shape that deal takes remains to be seen, as White was rather elusive about the details.

Mayweather recently said, “Dana White and I are working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020.”

In response, White told Jim Rome, “It’s true. We sat at the Clippers game. We started talking and we literally got a deal done right there on the court. And if things play out the way things Floyd and I think they will, I will probably sit down with Al Haymon (Mayweather’s manager) in March and get a deal on paper.

“If everything goes our way, Floyd and I would be doing something in October or November (of 2020).”

That leaves the details wide open for speculation, especially considering that White fully intends to get involved in the world of boxing promotion very soon. Details of that venture have also been scarce, although White has talked to many different influential people in the boxing world as he prepares to launch into that space.


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In addition to the deal with Mayweather and reaffirming the McGregor vs. Cerrone bout, White also indicated that McGregor appears to be targeting a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov if he gets past Cerrone.


Dana White confirms Conor McGregor’s return and a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

(Video courtesy of The Jim Rome Show)

Alistair Overeem on tragic events surrounding Walt Harris being replaced (UFC on ESPN 7)

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Alistair Overeem was originally supposed to face Walt Harris at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, DC, but that was before tragedy struck Harris and his family. 

Harris pulled out of the fight when his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, went missing in late October. Just recently, Blanchard’s remains were located, bringing a horrible end to the already tragic situation. 

Overeem, however, still has a fight in front of him, as he will square off against Harris’s replacement, Jairzinho Rozenstruik in Saturday’s main event. 

At Thursday’s UFC DC media day, Overeem addressed the tragic events surrounding Harris withdrawing from the fight, as well as shifting his focus to Rozenstruik.


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in Washington, DC, this week for a fight card topped by the big boys. The UFC on ESPN 7 main event features 39-year-old Alistair Overeem, who faces 31-year-old Jairzinho Rozenstruik, as he makes a final run at the UFC heavyweight title.

Tune in for full UFC on ESPN 7: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik live results from Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Dec. 7 on MMAWeekly.com.

Dana White: Colby Covington should worry about Kamaru Usman, not me strapping the belt on him

Dana White and Colby Covington

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There are no two ways about it. UFC president Dana White is a polarizing character. He can be your best friend or your sworn enemy. 

He and UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington certainly on each other’s BFF lists. But that is something that White thinks Covington should put in the rearview mirror as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career at next week’s UFC 245, where he will challenge Kamaru Usman for the title.

“(Colby Covington) says a lot of stupid stuff,” White told Jim Rome on Thursday. “(Me strapping the belt around his waist) is the last thing he should be worrying about and thinking about right now. He needs to worry about Kamaru Usman, who hates him. These two hate each other and stylistically these guys match up perfectly.

“This is going to be a hell of a fight and Colby Covington should be worried about that, not whether I’m strapping the belt on him or not.”


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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com for full UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Live Results on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fight card is topped by three championship bouts. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman faces challenger Colby Covington in the main event grudge match. Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line opposite Alexander Volkanovski in the UFC 245 co-main event. Double-champ Amanda Nunes makes the next defense of her bantamweight belt in a rematch with Germaine de Randamie to round out the tripleheader.

UFC DC weigh-in results: Co-main event fighter Cynthia Calvillo 4.5 pounds over the mark

Cynthia Calvillo UFC 219 Scrum

The UFC on ESPN 7 fight card is set following Friday’s official weigh-in, but it wasn’t without some negotiating.

Though main event heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik weren’t even close to the 265-pound limit for the division, co-main event fighter Cynthia Calvillo blew past the strawweight cap of 116 pounds.

Calvillo stepped on the scale at 120.5 pounds, putting her 4.5 pounds over the limit. Her opponent, Marina Rodriguez, made weight at 115.5 pounds. Though UFC PR officials indicated that Rodriguez would receive 30-percent of Calvillo’s fight purse to fight at a catchweight, it took a little time and discussion before she agreed to do so.

Calvillo, however, wasn’t the only fighter to have issues with the scale.

Tim Means, who faces Thiago Alves in the featured fight on the UFC DC prelims, initially weighed 171.5 pounds on the scale. He made a second attempt to reach the 171-pound limit for their welterweight non-title bout.

Like Calvillo, Matt Sayles also failed to make weight for his featherweight fight with Bryce Mitchell. Sayles weighed 148.5 pounds or 2.5 pounds over the limit for the non-title fight. Sayles will forfeit 20-percent of his fight purse to Mitchell to keep the bout intact.


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UFC on ESPN 7 Fight Card

Main Card (9 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Alistair Overeem (248) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (250.5)
  • Marina Rodriguez (115.5) vs. Cynthia Calvillo (120.5)
  • Stefan Struve (265.3) vs. Ben Rothwell (265.2)
  • Aspen Ladd (136) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (135.1)
  • Cody Stamann (135.2) vs. Song Yadong (135.2)
  • Rob Font (135.1) vs. Ricky Simon (135.2)

Prelims (7 p.m. ET on ESPN)

  • Thiago Alves (171) vs. Tim Means (171)
  • Billy Quarantillo (145.2) vs. Jacob Kilburn (145.3)
  • Bryce Mitchell (145.2) vs. Matt Sayles (148.5)
  • Joe Solecki (156) vs. Matt Wiman (155.3)

Early Prelims (6 pm. ET on ESPN+)

  • Mallory Martin (115.5) vs. Virna Jandiroba (115)
  • Makhmud Muradov (185.3) vs. Trevor Smith (185.5)

Steven Graham doesn’t think Aaron Highfill can hang with him at Shamrock FC 326

While he’s split his two fights so far in 2019, bantamweight Steven Graham is nonetheless happy with how his year has turned out so far.

Following a loss to James Gallagher at Bellator 217 in February, Graham was able to overcome a slow start in his follow-up bout in September versus Johnny Marigo at LFA 76 and pick up a majority decision victory.

“2019 didn’t quite go the way I anticipated, but it has gone really good,” Graham told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve become a whole lot better fighter. Mentally I’m so much better. I’ve grown a lot and I’m a lot better and glad to be back on track.

“I started off a little bit slower than I wanted to (against Marigo). That would be my biggest critique that I didn’t start off the way that I wanted to. I got hit very early, dropped, but pretty much other than that I controlled 12 minutes of the 15 minute fight.”

It’s his ability to whether the storm and come out with a win that is one of the things Graham is most pleased with in terms of his development this year.

“The biggest thing is confidence mentally,” said Graham. “I think that’s the biggest thing I grew from the Bellator fight. The adversity I’m able to handle and the things that I’m able to deal with.

“I’ve always had the skills and technical abilities, but you have to know you can do it. I know I can do it now. I know what level I can actually get to.”

On Saturday in Kansas City, Mo., Graham (7-4) will look to close out his 2019 on a high note when he faces Aaron Highfill (5-3) in a main card 135-pound bout at Shamrock FC 326.

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“Honestly I’m really happy I get to fight at home,” Graham said. “I haven’t got to fight at home in three years. It’s nice to not have to travel too much, especially when you’re cutting weight and everything.

“What I have to do is just be me. I have to go do exactly what I have to do. I’m the better fighter in every aspect of this fight. I mix everything up better. I’m going to put a pace on (Highfill) that he can’t hang with.”

For Graham it’s finding a medium between going fight by fight and making year-long goals that will benefit him the most in 2020.

“I kind of do a little bit of both,” said Graham. “My manager and I have talked about a few things. Bellator has told me if I go out and get a few more wins that’d they come back and give me another shot.

“It all comes down to timing and everything. It has to be the right time for everybody. Obviously, nothing is set in stone. I would love to fight for LFA after this, then after that go back to Bellator. That would be optimal for me, I think.”

Agilan Thani scores decision win over Dante Schiro at ONE: Mark of Greatness

Agilan Thani punches Dante Schiro at ONE Mark of Greatness

Agilan Thani was fighting in his hometown at ONE: Mark of Greatness after back to back matches against Japanese veterans. Having faced both Yoshihiro Akiyama and Yushin Okami, the 24-year-old found himself matched with undefeated American newcomer Dante Schiro in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

Thani – who has also been in with Ben Askren – pushed the pace in the opening round against an opponent who had taken the fight at late notice. The Malaysian welterweight worked relentlessly for takedowns and spent the majority of the round in top position.

The American enjoyed more success in the second stanza. Once again Thani was able to take him down, but Schiro landed a series of upward elbows, one of which opened a cut on the face of the former title challenger.

Thani briefly had Schiro’s back, but following a series of scrambles, the American slipped out and the roles were reversed. He seemed close to locking up a rear-naked choke, but the hometown hero defended for the best part of 90 seconds before escaping and re-establishing top position just as the bell sounded.

At the start of the third they traded tired looking punches. This time it was Schiro shooting for the takedown, but Thani stuffed it and landed an elbow on the break, although his opponent retaliated with a punch of his own that re-opened the cut on the Malaysian’s face.

Sensing he was behind on the scorecards, Schiro went for broke in the final seconds, but nothing landed. The American had done more damage, opening up a cut, and had also come closest to finishing with the rear-naked choke attempt, but Thani had controlled the first eight or nine minutes.

One of the judges saw it in favor of Schiro. But the other two scored the fight for Thani, who improves to 10-4, while his opponent drops to 6-1 after suffering defeat for the first time in his professional career.

The crowd clearly enjoyed that fight, but another Malaysian fan favorite came up short as Jihin Radzuan dropped a decision to Denice Zamboanga. The Filipina attacked relentlessly with takedowns in the opening round.

In the second stanza both were warned and eventually yellow carded for inactivity. Radzuan looked dangerous from bottom position in the final round, but couldn’t complete an armbar or triangle choke as Zamboanga stayed on top to secure a clear-cut decision win.

With the win, Zamboanga improves to 6-0 and instantly establishes herself as a top contender in the increasingly crowded atomweight division. Radzuan drops to 5-2, but this loss is sure to sting as she came into the contest as a strong favorite.


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ONE: Mark of Greatness official results

  • ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Championship: Sam-A Gaiyanghadao defeats Wang Junguang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
  • ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship: Alaverdi Ramazanov defeats Zhang Chenglong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Denice Zamboanga defeats Jihin Radzuan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight: Agilan Thani defeats Dante Schiro by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight: Reece McLaren defeats Gurdarshan Mangat by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:35 minutes of round 1
  • Kickboxing Light Heavyweight: Andrei Stoica defeats Anderson Silva by Knockout (KO) at 1:57 minutes of round 1
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Bokang Masunyane defeats Ryuto Sawada by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Muay Thai Flyweight: Elias Mahmoudi defeats Lerdsila Phuket Top Team by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Chen Rui defeats Muhammad Aiman by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Tial Thang defeats Kim Woon Kyoum by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Catchweight (77 KG): Yoon Chang Min defeats Rodian Menchavez by Submission (Ninja Choke) at 1:45 minutes of round 2
  • Muay Thai Flyweight: Taiki Naito defeats Rui Botelho by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight: Rayane Bastos defeats Sovannahry Em by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:40 minutes of round 1

UFC President Dana White Confirms Verbal Agreement With Floyd Mayweather

Dana White has confirmed that he and Floyd Mayweather have reached a verbal agreement. Last month, Mayweather had the combat sports world buzzing when he teased that something was in the works with the UFC president. “Money” and White had a conversation during an NBA game. Mayweather followed that up by claiming he was coming […]

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