Hard-hitting heavyweight Alistair Overeem has won championships in a number of organizations including DREAM and Strikeforce but has never laid claim to a UFC title. That will change on May 26 at UFC 146 when Overeem faces Junior dos Santos for the right to strap the organization’s gold around his waist.
Set for Las Vegas, the UFC has confirmed the match-up’s date/location giving the annual Memorial Day Weekend show a headliner worthy of the event.
Overeem earned his opportunity at Dos Santos’ belt by beating down Brock Lesnar in December in addition to winning seven straight scraps prior to making his UFC debut. The well-rounded Dutchman has racked up 36 total wins in his career with 34 involving some form of stoppage.
However, as talented as Overeem may be there’s no question Dos Santos is an apt adversary as well with perhaps the best boxing of any heavyweight in MMA. “Cigano” has picked up nine consecutive victories since suffering the only defeat of his career back in 2007 including success against stand-outs such as Shane Carwin, Gabriel Gonzaga, Roy Nelson, and Cain Velasquez.
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MMATraining Take: Without question this bout pits the top two fighters in the division against each other with both possessing the ability to take the other out with a single strike. It should result in a fantastic fight and one with a highlight reel finish fans will be talking about for the rest of 2012.