UFC announces Velasquez-Silva II, Dos Santos-Overeem | UFC NEWS
UFC officials confirmed Tuesday that a rematch is slated for Memorial Day weekend at UFC 160 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The matchup was reported on UFC Tonight, citing confirmation from UFC president Dana White.
The show’s date is near the one-year anniversary of their first meeting, which Velasquez (11-1) won via TKO. The fight turned into a bloody mess after a Velasquez elbow sliced Silva open early in the first round.
Silva (18-4) earned the heavyweight championship opportunity after defeating Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 on Feb. 2. Velasquez reclaimed the UFC title with a unanimous decision win over dos Santos in December. His only professional loss came in the form of a 64-second knockout to dos Santos in 2011.
The UFC also announced another colossal heavyweight showdown that will pit Junior dos Santos (15-2) against Overeem (36-12) in the night’s co-main event.
Santos and Overeem had a bitter war of words during the tail end of 2012, with Overeem accusing dos Santos of, among other things, being afraid of him.
Dos Santos and Overeem were originally slated to fight at UFC 146, but the bout was canceled when Overeem failed a surprise drug test in Nevada.