Two of the UFC’s most destructively powerful striking forces will collide on December 19th in Orlando, Florida, as Alistair Overeem takes on Junior dos Santos.
The UFC’s December schedule is nothing short of spectacular.
UFC 194 features one of the most anticipated clashes in the promotions history, in Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor, as well as a couple of massive middleweight melee’s, with Chris Weidman defending the world title against Luke Rockhold, and Ronaldo Souza taking on Yoel Romero in a battle of top contenders.
That weekend just got even better, however, as in the last few hours word has gotten out that Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes have agreed to headline The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale, which is set to take place the night before.
The following week Donald Cerrone will finally get his lightweight title opportunity when he takes on Rafael Dos Anjos in Orlando, Florida, in the headline bout of UFC on Fox 17.
That card has also been bolstered by a recent announcement, as yesterday the UFC confirmed that former heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, will take on Dutch monster, Alistair Overeem.
The pair, who have been making headlines in recent weeks thanks to something of a twitter feud, have actually been scheduled to do battle on two other occasions, only for it to fall through each time.
The 17-3 Dos Santos has not been in action since December of last year, when he beat Stipe Miocic via decision.
Overeem also won a fight on that December card, beating Stefan Struve via KO. Since then he has logged another significant win, overcoming Roy Nelson by decision.
This is an important fight for both men, personal rivalries aside. Overeem has had mixed results in the UFC thus far, going 4-3 in his time with the promotion, but a third victory on the trot would certainly push him into the title hunt.
JDS will also have his eye on the title picture, but for him this fight will be more about re-building momentum, as the Brazilian has suffered through a frustratingly inactive couple of years.
This huge bout between huge men is a welcome addition to what promises to be an unseasonably hot winter in the UFC.