One of the most-anticipated heavyweight tilts in recent history now has an official date and location after the UFC announced yesterday that champion Junior dos Santos would put his gold up for grabs against decorated striker Alistair Overeem in the main event of the company’s upcoming Memorial Day Weekend event. Both men are on impressive winning streaks and considered to be among the division’s true finishers with a minimal amount of decisions to their credit.
The 14-1 Dos Santos won his strap this past November by taking out previously unbeaten former champ Cain Velasquez in headlining action at the UFC’s debut on FOX. Prior to the pairing “Cigano” had won eight straight including victories over Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson, and Shane Carwin.
While Overeem has only taken his talents into the Octagon a single time – a strike-based stoppage of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 – he has one of the most impressive resumes in MMA with a number of notable instances of success as well as title-wins in K-1, DREAM, and Strikeforce. The hulking Dutchman holds an overall record of 36-11 with 34 of his wins involving some form of finish.
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