A highly anticipated heavyweight fight between perennial contenders Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes will take place at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago.
BJPENN.com’s Tom Taylor first reported the clash of heavyweights back in February.
Can now confirm that a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Curtis Blaydes is being targeted for #UFC225 in Chicago.
— Tom Taylor (@TomTayMMA) March 1, 2018
The Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes fight was initially slated to take place on the UFC 225 main card which airs on pay-per-view.
However, news broke during tonight’s UFC Chile broadcast that the Overeem vs. Blaydes fight will now serve as the featured bout of the UFC 225 prelims on FS1.
UFC 225 moved Holly Holm vs Megan Anderson to the main card with Alistair Overeem vs Curtis Blaydes now on the FS1 prelims pic.twitter.com/LTJEg2xVBL
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) May 20, 2018
The change was made to make room on the main card for a key women’s featherweight fight featuring former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm taking on former Invicta FC Champion Megan Anderson.
UFC 225 is headlined by a middleweight title fight rematch featuring current champion Robert Whittaker taking on top contender Yoel Romero.
In the co-main event of the evening, former UFC lightweight title holder Rafael dos Anjos will take on Colby Covington for the promotion interim welterweight championship.
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