Junior dos Santos vs Alistair Overeem Slated for UFC 146
After his destruction of Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, Alistair Overeem could add a UFC title to a long lists of accomplishments that include a Strikeforce championship as well as K-1 and Dream titles. But in order to accomplish such a feat, The Demolition Man is going to have to work a little harder than in his debut, as he faces a very accomplished striker in reigning UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos.
According to UFC officials, the much anticipated title bout already has a name, a time and a place, as UFC 146 takes place on May 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be dos Santos first title defense as well as Overeem’s first shot at a UFC belt.
The 27-year-old Brazilian is undefeated in his UFC career and an overall record of 14-1-0 (UFC: 8-0) with 10 knockouts. The last time dos Santo lost a fight dates back to Nov. of 2007 when he was submitted by Joaquim Ferreira via arm-bar at Brazil’s Team-Based MMA League, MTL.
For Overeem, this guy hasn’t been touched in years, as he’s riding an 11-fight win streak in MMA. In fact, you have to look all the way back to his light-heavyweight fighting days in order to find The Reem’s last defeat. The Dutchman was knocked out by former Russian kickboxing champion Sergei Kharitonov in the first round of K-1 Hero’s 10 in September of 2007. Since making his move to heavyweight, Overeem has demolished his competition.
Speaking of quality big guys doing work, UFC 146 will also consist of a must-see co-main event. Set to determine the No.1 contender in the UFC heavyweight division, two former champs will go head-to-head for a chance to face the winner of The Reem vs Cigano.
With an opportunity to avenge the only loss of his career, Cain Velazquez will take on multiple-time UFC champion Frank Mir. This fight is exciting from from many aspects that I can’t begin to explain. But by far, the most intriguing aspect about this bout is the fact that it’ll be Velazquez’s first appearance — after losing his title in one minute on national television — against a red-hot Mir. The BJJ Master comes in as one of the hottest fighters on the HW roster; winner of three straight bouts, including a Submission of the Year (kimura) victory over “Minotauro” Nogueira.
The rest of the UFC 146 fight card goes as follows:
- (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) Junior dos Santos vs. (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) Alistair Overeem
- (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) Frank Mir vs. (9-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) Cain Velasquez
- (16-3 MMA, UFC Debut)Antonio Silva vs. (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) Roy Nelson
- (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) Edson Barboza vs. (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) Evan Dunham
- (23-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC) Jason Miller vs. (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) C.B. Dollaway
- (21-12 MMA, 4-3 UFC) Duane Ludwig vs. (23-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC) Dan Hardy
- (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) Jacob Volkmann vs. (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Paul Sass
- (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) Darren Elkins vs. (14-7 MMA, 1-0 UFC) Diego Brandao
- (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) Gabriel Gonzaga vs. (11-0 MMA, UFC Debut) Shane del Rosario
- (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) Kyle Kingsbury vs. (17-2 MMA, UFC Debut) Glover Teixeira