UFC officials announced yesterday that former Strikeforce heavyweight title holder Alistair Overeem (38-14 MMA) has agreed to meet Roy Nelson (20-10 MMA) at the event.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson was last seen in action in the headlining bout of September’s UFC Fight Night event in Japan, where he suffered a second-round knockout loss to Mark Hunt. Prior to the setback, Nelson was coming off a first-round KO victory which he earned over Antonio Nogueira in April. “Big Country” has gone 2-3 in his past five contests.
Meanwhile, Alistair Overeem returned to the octagon at last month’s UFC on FOX event in Phoenix, where he scored a first-round knockout win over Stefan Struve. “The Reem” has gone 2-1 in his past three octagon appearances, with his lone setback coming to Ben Rothwell this past September.
UFC 185 takes place March 14 live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The event is headlined by a lightweight title fight featuring champ Anthony Pettis taking on challenger Rafael dos Anjos.
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