dos Santos vs. Overeem Slated for UFC Memorial Day Weekend Card


A late night Q&A with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta revealed a lot of news late Thursday night, and one major main event for Memorial Day seems locked in.

UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will meet Alistair Overeem on the scheduled May 26 event in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend.

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta answered specifically when a fan asked the date for the next heavyweight title fight.

“Memorial Day weekend Vegas,” Fertitta responded to the question of when dos Santos vs. Overeem would happen.

The UFC’s top heavyweight, Junior dos Santos, has been out of action since last November when he captured the belt by defeating Cain Velasquez at the inaugural UFC on Fox show.

Following the fight, dos Santos had to have knee surgery, but he’s been saying since early January that he was on schedule to come back soon.

As for Alistair Overeem, he earned the shot at dos Santos’ title by crushing former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 to close out 2011 in Las Vegas. Overeem bombed the former champ with strikes to end the fight in the first round.

Now the former Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1 Grand Prix champion will get his first crack at the UFC heavyweight title in May.


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