UFC fans barely get a chance to catch their breath after the huge pay-per-view event last weekend before the next big Fight Night. This weekend, two heavyweights take center stage looking to climb the rankings for a potential title shot that could define their careers. On Saturday, April 20, you can watch UFC Fight Night with the main event of Overeem vs Oleinik streaming only on ESPN+.
This UFC Fight Night will have an early start, as Overeem vs Oleinik is broadcasting live all the way from the Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The event starts with the Prelims on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The main card switches over at 1 p.m. to ESPN+.
Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem (44-17) is the 7th ranked heavyweight and a former UFC title contender. Overeem has been a past champion in other MMA promotions, including Strikeforce, PRIDE, and DREAM, but lost his only shot at the UFC Heavyweight title back in 2016. He is a former professional kickboxer, and his body kicks and knees are a key component to his success in MMA, but he is still able to throw punches or wrestle with almost anyone.
Alexey "The Boa Constrictor" Oleinik (57-11-1) has spent much of his career fighting in Russian and Ukrainian MMA promotions before joining the UFC in 2014. Oleinik is 6-2 in UFC matches, with all of those wins coming by knockout or submission. His nickname of "The Boa Constrictor" is well earned, as he won grappling tournaments early in his career, and has become master of the Judo submission move known as the Ezequiel choke. Overeem will need to avoid being taken down by Oleinik, or he may end up caught up in this signature move.
Before watching him face Oleinik, check out a younger Alistair Overeem in his first UFC fight as he took on one of the legends of the sport, Brock Lesnar, back in 2011.
Here's the schedule for this Fight Night:
- Prelims: 10 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2
- Main Card: 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
- Post Show 11 p.m. Eastern on ESPN+
The Main Card also features a battle between two lightweight fighters who each have only one loss in their careers. Islam Makhachev (16-1) and Arman Tsarukyan (13-1) are similar fighters with different career paths. Makhachev started his career with 12 straight wins before losing in only his second UFC fight. He has since won four straight fights. Tsarukyan is making his UFC debut in this fight, but he had his only loss in his second career fight back in 2015.
The rest of the card, as always subject to change, is as follows:
- Sergey Pavlovich (12-1) vs. Marcelo Golm (6-2)
- Devin Clark (9-3) vs. Ivan Shtyrkov (15-0-1)
- Antonina Shevchenko (7-0) vs. Roxanne Modafferi (22-15)
- Krzysztof Jotko (19-4) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-0)
- Movsar Evloev (10-0) vs. Seung Woo Choi (7-1)
- Sultan Aliev (14-3) vs. Keita Nakamura (34-9-2)
- Alexander Yakovlev (23-8-1) vs. Alex da Silva (20-1)
- Marcin Tybura (17-4) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (19-4)
- Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-5) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (13-2)
- Magomed Mustafaev (13-2) vs. Rafael Fiziev (6-0)
ESPN+ is a much have for major fans of UFC. Last weekend, ESPN+ had the first event of a new exclusive deal as the home of UFC pay per view events. ESPN+ goes beyond UFC with Top Rank boxing, pro team sports including MLB, NHL and FC Cup, and major college sports, including basketball, baseball, football and more.
The ESPN app is the best way to watch ESPN+ and this Fight Night. If you have a subscription, and a login for ESPN2, you can see the entire event seamlessly. The ESPN app is available for the most popular devices, including major streaming platforms and game consoles such as Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV. Otherwise, control ESPN+ on your TV using your phone running either AirPlay or Chromecast.
ESPN+ costs $5 a month, which would give you a chance to watch three more UFC Fight Night main cards after Overeem vs Oleinik for just one low price. Try ESPN+ now, and you'll get a 7 day free trial that includes UFC Fight Night on April 20 with Overeem vs Oleinik at no cost.
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