UFC on ESPN+ 7 took place Saturday, April 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The card was headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Alexey Oleinik and Alistair Overeem.
Closing odds are courtesy of BetDSI. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
Alistair Overeem focused on landing knees up in the middle and he was able to put Alexey Oleinik on the canvas in the final minute of round one. Overeem followed up with ground and pound on the mat to win by first round knockout. Overeem closed -227. Oleinik closed +187
Islam Makhachev was forced into a dog fight with newcomer Arman Tsarukyan and ultimately secured the key takedowns when it mattered most to earn a decision victory. Makhachev closed -323 while Tsarukyan closed +264
Sergey Pavlovich landed with power early and often against Marcelo Golm. It didn’t take long for Golm to fall to the canvas and give Pavlovich his first ever UFC victory. Pavlovich closed -250 with the return on Golm +203
Krzysztof Jotko was able to secure takedowns throughout the fight to earn a widespread decision over previously undefeated Alen Amedovski. Jotko closed -217 while Amedovski closed +187
Movsar Evloev was absolutely dominant in his UFC debut as he limited the aggression of his opponent, Seung Woo Choi, to win all three rounds and earn the decision. Evloev closed -333. Choi closed +269
Sultan Aliev was the more physically imposing fighter have much more control of the action against the cage and on the mat to earn a hard-fought decision over Keita Nakamura. Aliev closed -128 with the return on Nakamura +109
Alexander Yakovlev started to get the better of Alex Silva in the second round. He was able to convert an opportunity on the ground into a choke and was able to force Silva to submit. Yakovlev closed -156 while Silva closed +136
Michel Oleksiejczuk dropped Gadzhimurad Antigulov twice in the opening minute to win by first round knockout. Oleksiejczuk closed -208 with the return on Antigulov +177
Underdogs that Won
Roxanne Modafferi took some damage on the feet, but secured all five of her takedown attempts to control the bout on the ground to defeat Antonina Shevchenko by split decision. Modafferi closed +222 while Shevchenko closed -270
Shamil Abdurahimov had Marcin Tybura wobbled in the second round and followed up a flurry of strikes to force the referee to step in and stop the fight in favor of Abdurahimov who closed +113. Tybura closed -128
Magomed Mustafaev landed a spinning head kick that sent Rafael Fiziev to the canvas. Mustafaev followed up with punches on the ground to win by first round TKO. Mustafaev closed +125 while Fiziev closed -145