It was lost in the big news of the day, and (maybe) rightfully so. It’s reasonable to expect something like yesterday’s announcement of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones’ failed test for cocaine, and subsequent admission into rehab, to take center stage.
But, there was also big-time heavyweight fight announced for March’s UFC event in Dallas yesterday, featuring two of the division’s top names.
The “Big D” will host Roy Nelson (seen above) vs. Alistair Overeem in the main card of UFC 185 on March 14.
Overeem, the former Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1 champion, made a spectacular UFC debut back in 2011 — scoring a one-round TKO victory over Brock Lesnar. That victory capped off an eleven bout unbeaten run for the Dutchman. But he would go on to be stopped on strikes in three of his next four bouts, with his only win coming via a tepid decision over a Frank Mir. Last month Overeem returned to form, with a knockout over Stefan Struve, to improve his MMA record to 38-14, with one no-contest.
Nelson also enjoyed a successful UFC debut, knocking out Brendan Schaub to win The Ultimate Fighter Season Ten back in 2009. Among the Las Vegas, NV native’s other UFC highlights were knockouts of Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He was knocked out by Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 52 in September. Nelson’s MMA record stands at 20-10.
Nelson and Overeem are ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively, in the UFC’s official rankings.
UFC 185 is headlined by a UFC Lightweight Championship bout between champion Anthony Pettis and challenger Rafael dos Anjos.