Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve Agree to Meet at UFC on FOX in December

September 18, 2014
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Alistair Overeem at UFC 146 press conferenceA heavyweight bout has been verbally agreed to take place between Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13, officials announced late Wednesday evening.

The Overeem-Struve affair adds to the developing fight card that is scheduled to take place Dec. 13 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.

Overeem (37-14, 1 NC) is looking to build momentum towards a win streak, as the one-time heavyweight contender has lost three of his last four outings. In his last fight, “The Reem” tested Ben Rothwell, only to suffer a technical knockout in the first round.

Struve (25-6) hasn’t fought since March of 2013 due to a heart condition that forced him to the sidelines and threatened his career. He was supposed to make his comeback against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175, but health issues the day of the event forced him to withdraw from the bout.

Also added to the card is a middleweight fight between Derek Brunson and Ed Herman, officials announced. A main event for the Dec. 13 fight card was not revealed at the time of this publication.

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  • drew

    At this point I would rather seem try to make 205 again if possible.

  • ReemRoidReturns

    I think he should drop back to 205lbs, he was able to beat up Jones and cause him to miss an event, he might have better luck there at 205lbs since he’s not a natural Heavy Weight, he became one with Roids!

  • solo

    Dos Santos vs Miocic are also heading to Pheonix at UFC on Fox 13!

  • snapdad

    Alistair is lucky the hw division is lacking, otherwise he would have been cut

    • Dragon Kid

      Cain, JDS, Werdum, Browne, Barnett, Gonzaga, Hunt, Nelson, Miocic, Bigfoot, Rothwell. Not sure what’s so lacking, maybe it’s the booking, time off/layoff or injuries make it look like the division is lacking.

      • shakejunt

        all either injury prone or aging names with questionable amounts of time left. the division is absolutely thin.

      • snapdad

        cain is champ. jds, werdum, browne, and miocic are all contenders, and would destroy the other names listed. hw division is seriously lacking.

  • snapdad

    do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of fightpass?

  • Dragon Kid

    Overeem will be a laughing stock if he loses by KO to a guy like Struve.

    • shakejunt

      like stipe right?
      overeem is a joke right now because he lacks defense. he hurts his opponents and then gets sloppy and finished.

      • Dragon Kid

        Well at least stipe Miocic is doing a lot better than alistair

  • The Milkman

    Pre UFC I would say Overeem takes this all day. Now I think if he adjusts his mouth piece he’ll accidentally knock himself out

  • macarrech

    Overeem is the living example of how much roids improve a fighter. Or in his case how much the performance decrease when off the juice.

    • Gomlen

      It is not. You can medicate all you want … your chin will be what it is (good or bad) despite of how much drugs you are using …

    • asd

      Have you seen his fights? He was DOMINATING EVERY SINGLE ONE of them. He’s been injuring pretty much everybody he has fought in the UFC [sic!] – recently broke Rothwell’s arm.
      His form has not declined. He is a super fighter in his prime.

      It is only that he gets KOd by punches most guys would walk through. It’s unfortunate for him, but he has no chin and nothing can help it.

      • deepgrim

        what he can do to help himself is start taking the fight to the ground. very unlikely to get ko’d by a man on the ground and he has some good bjj, but he enjoys the stand up too much- until he goes to sleep

  • Rumble on fox

    Early ufc christmas present just when u think dana doesnt care about us…Shaping up to be another stacked ufc on fox main event Gus vs rumble, jds vs stripe, Struve vs alister they should call this ufc on fox # heavy hitters

  • shakejunt

    can’t say I’m not interested in this one. both need to sharpen their striking defense.

  • TrentSki

    Overeem will probably get KO’d again, even by Struve, his striking ability doesn’t mean anything when you can’t take a punch, at all