The UFC confirmed this week that Curtis Blaydes (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will meet Alistair Overeem (43-16 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC 225, taking place on June 9 at the United Centre in Chicago. No main event has been confirmed for UFC 225 but this fight will slot nicely onto the main card.
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— UFC (@ufc) March 7, 2018
Blaydes played it smart in his last outing, beating Mark Hunt with a unanimous decision over the seasoned veteran who throughout the fight looked to land that one punch and then walk away. However, Blaydes outwrestled Hunt, implementing his game-plan with ease, although not the most entertaining fight it got Blaydes what he wanted the #5 ranking and a fight with #2 Overeem in his hometown of Chicago.
Blaydes only loss in the UFC is to Overeem’s previous opponent Francis Ngannou, every fight since we’ve seen a better version of Blaydes who at 25 still has a long career ahead of him. This will be his final fight on his current UFC contract so will be a great way for him to make a statement and look to recoup the financial rewards.
Overeem hasn’t been a slouch either, riding a two-fight win streak until Ngannou knocked him out in devastating fashion. A highlight he would have undoubtedly seen over and over again if he watched the build-up to the Stipe Miocic vs. Ngannou fight. Looking for one more chance at gold and a rematch with Miocic, Overeem will have a lot to prove in his comeback fight.