The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to the Windy City is set to showcase a high stakes Heavyweight bout.
Former K-1, Strikeforce and Dream Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will face rising contender Curtis “Razor” Blaydes. The bout was rumored earlier in the week and confirmed by MMADna on Thursday.
No. 2 ranked Overeem (43-16, 8-5 in UFC) is coming off a knockout loss to former title contender Francis Ngannou back at UFC 218 last December. Prior to that, Overeem garnered big wins against Mark Hunt and former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum in a rubber match. Overeem is now 2-1 since failing to acquire the UFC Heavyweight championship back at UFC 203 against reigning champion Stipe Miocic. Of Overeem’s eight wins inside the octagon, five have come by way of knockout.
No. 5 ranked Blaydes (9-1, 4-1 in UFC) is coming off the biggest win of his career back at UFC 221 when he defeated Mark Hunt via judges decision. Hunt rocked Blaydes early with a series of devastating shots that nearly finished the fight. But the rising Heavyweight showed admirable grit and pushed through, implementing his high-level wrestling en route to victory. Of Blaydes’ nine career victories, seven have come by way of knockout.
UFC 225 takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois on June 9 and will stream live only on pay per view. No main event has yet been touted for this event. The card thus far reads:
- Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza
- Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
- Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder