UFC on ESPN 7
Where/Venue: Capital One Arena
Where/Location: Washington DC
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM
The UFC heads to the Nations Capital this week for UFC on ESPN 7 from the Capital One Arena.
This fight card is scheduled with 12 bouts, highlighted by the Main Event between Heavyweights Allistar Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruick.
This fight card can be seen exclusively on ESPN and ESPN+ and will begin at 6:00 PM on Saturday Evening.
Without any further delay, let’s take a look at the UFC on ESPN 7 Fight Card.
MAIN CARD (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET)
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Marina Rodriguez
Ben Rothwell vs. Stefan Struve
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Aspen Ladd
Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong
Rob Font vs. Ricky Simon
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET)
Thiago Alves vs. Tim Means
Jacob Kilburn vs. Billy Quarantillo
Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles
Joe Solecki vs. Matt Wiman
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET)
Joe Solecki vs. Matt Wiman
Virna Jandiroba vs. Mallory Martin
Makhmud Muradov vs. Trevor Smith
Our feature fight for UFC on ESPN 7 is in the UFC's Featherweight Division and will be between Bryce Mitchell (11-0) and Matt Sayles (8-2). The fight will take place over 3 rounds of 5 minute action and will be held on the prelim's card of the event.
Mitchell is a veteran of TUF 27, where he was Daniel Cormier's 2nd pick overall. Mitchell made it to the semifinals of the show before getting submitted by the winner of the show, Brad Katona.
Since leaving the show and earning a UFC contract, Mitchell has gone 2-0 with wins over Tyler Diamond and Bobby Moffett. Both of those wins come by way of decision and Mitchell will now be looking for his first finish in the UFC.
Prior to entering the UFC, Mitchell has finished 7 of 8 opponents by submission. He has a very strong ground game that can pose issues for opponents with lesser grappling skills.
He will be facing Matt Sayles. Sayles was a competitor on Dana White's Contender Series, where he knocked out Yazan Hajeh, who was previously undefeated.
Since that point, Sayles has split his 2 fights in the UFC, beating Kyle Nelson via 3rd round arm triangle and losing to striker Sheymon Moraes by unanimous decision.
When it comes to advantages, Mitchell will have a 3 inch height advantage and will have a 2 inch reach advantage over Sayles. There should be a major size advantage here for Mitchell as he is the much bigger fighter.
We look for Mitchell to avoid getting hit by Sayles and to try to take this fight to the ground, where his size will be an even bigger advantage. He should be able to lay on Sayles for most of the fight and win round by round in the eyes of the judges.