UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris Betting Preview & Free Picks

UFC Fight Nigtht: Overeem vs. Harris
Saturday, May 16th - 9:00PM ET
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
Network: ESPN, ESPN+

The UFC's action-packed week concludes on Saturday, May 16 with a heavyweight matchup between Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. This fight concludes a 7-day, 3-card event in Jacksonville, Florida's VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena...and no one will be there to witness it as COVID-19 keeps fans out of the arena.

This fight has a little bit of everything. The Reem and Walt Harris will be fireworks. Two heavy hitters stand toe-to-toe to try and knock each other's block off. Claudia Gadelha and Angela Hill are action fighters that have a very fan friendly style. They'll be fighting in the co-main event.

Dan Ige will take on the always game Edson Barboza. Barboza has arguably the best kicking game in the UFC. To start off the main card, Song Yadong takes on Marlon Vera. Eryk Anders and Krzysztof Jotko is slotted at #2 on the main card.

Alistair Overeem (+125) vs. Walt Harris (-155)

Walt Harris is 13-7-0 as a professional mixed martial artist. Every one of his wins were by way of KO/TKO. Harris is riding a four fight winning streak. Since 2018, he holds wins over Daniel Spitz, Andrei Arlovski*, Sergey Spivak, and Aleksei Oleinik.

Harris' win over Arlovski was later changed to a no contest after he tested positive for LGD4033 and SARMs. An investigation proved that the failed test was a result of tainted supplements and Harris' suspension was reduced to just four months.

Walt Harris' latest victory, a first round KO of Oleinik is his biggest to date. It took the Florida fighter just 12 seconds to finish his opponent, an improvement on his 50 second TKO over Spivak the previous fight. The win earned him his second Performance of the Night bonus.

Alistair Overeem is 45-18-0 over his very long career. The Reem is coming off a violent 5th round TKO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik in December 2019. If you haven't seen it already, The Reem left the fight with a busted lip that would make Robbie Lawler shy.

Overeem is an experienced fighter with dozens of wins. To understand his career, you need to look at pre and post PED Reem (allegedly). The man we've been seeing for the past few years is not the same man that dominated in PRIDE, Dream, and Strikeforce.

The Reem is 2-3 in his last five fights. He's been finised in all three losses by Francis Ngannou, Curtis Blaydes, and as previously mentioned Jairzinho Rozenstruik. In fact, 14 of Overeem's 18 losses have been by way of KO/TKO.

Not to take away from Reem's success, but my money's on Walt Harris.

Notable fights (picks in bold): Claudia Gadelha (-180) vs. Angela Hill (+150), Dan Ige (+105) vs. Edson Barboza (-135), Eryk Anders (+110) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (-140), Darren Elkins (-105) vs. Nate Landwehr (-125).