Overeem vs Arlovski Set For Title Contender Eliminator Bout

Published on February 21st, 2016 11:12 pm EST

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Allistair Overeem, fresh off of signing a new deal with the UFC, will be squaring off against Andrei Arlovski in the main event of the UFC's first trip to Rotterdam later this year.

The two fighters, who are teammates at Jackson-Wink MMA, are both going to be looking for a title shot with a win.

Some people were surprised that the UFC elected to pit Overeem against Arlovski, but the match makes perfect sense when you consider the market. Rotterdam loves its kickboxing, and Overeem vs Arlovski is one of the most entertaining Heavyweight striking bouts that the promotion could put on. If you are trying to penetrate a new market, leading with an entertaining fight between two Heavyweights is one of the best ways to do it. Add in the fact that Overeem is from the area and you have all of the ingredients for a very big event in the country.


Alistair Overeem has turned around his career since he decided to join the Jackson-Wink camp a few years ago. Overeem is currently in the midst of a three-fight winning streak that includes wins over Junior dos Santos and Stefan Struve, and will almost certainly gain a shot at the Heavyweight title with a win against Arlovski.

Andrei Arlovski, on the other hand, is looking to rebound following a knockout loss to Stipe Miocic last year. Arlovski has greatly outperformed expectations since rejoining the UFC a few years ago and would likely be right back in the title shot hunt with an emphatic victory over Alistair Overeem.


UFC Fight Night 87: Overeem vs Arlovski is set to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 8th. There have been no other bouts officially announced as of yet, though Stefan Struve vs Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is reportedly being targeted for the card as well.

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