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Junior dos Santos confirmed for title-defense against Alistair Overeem at UFC 146

The first title-defense for UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos has been confirmed by the UFC as “Cigano” will face #1 contender Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 146 as had been rumored.

Dos Santos (14-1) is a perfect 8-0 in his UFC career including a first round knockout of Cain Velasquez for the title last year. Dos Santos has been on the sideline recovering from knee surgery stemming from an injury he sustained while training for Velasquez. He also holds wins inside the Octagon against Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum.

Comparably, Overeem (36-11) secured his shot at the championship by knocking out Brock Lesnar in late December. “The Reem” has already won heavyweight titles in Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1.

UFC 146 takes place on May 26 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several other bouts have been slated for the card including Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway, Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham, and Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig.


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