Bloody Elbow is rounding up live results, discussion, social media reactions, judges cards, play-by-play and highlights for UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai, aka UFC Vegas 9.
The card is headlined by a heavyweight bout pitting Alistair Overeem against Augusto Sakai. In the light heavyweight co-main, former interim title challenger Ovince Saint Preux meets prospect Alonzo Menifield.
This is an ESPN+ exclusive show, and kicked off at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN+ tonight, Saturday, September 5, 2020.
The card was marred by multiple last-minute cancellations, several due to fighters testing positive for covid.
A women’s bantamweight bout between Macy Chiasson and Karol Rosa had been scheduled but Rosa pulled out on September 3 due to problems making weight.
Bantamweights Ricky Simon and Brian Kelleher had been scheduled to fight but Simon had to withdraw due to a cornerman testing positive for covid. Kelleher was then set to face Kevin Natividad at featherweight but Natividad pulled out today and was replaced by Ray Rodriguez.
Hours before fight time two American Top Team fighters, Thiago Moises and Marco Rogerio de Lima both tested positive for covid and had to withdraw from their bouts with Jalin Turner and Alexander Romanov, respectively.
The seven bouts on the card makes this the smallest UFC event since The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale in November 2005.
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