UFC heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski — who both train out of Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, NM — are set to clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night 87, according to a report from Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter.
Little Saturday breaking news for you. Alistair Overeem’s opponent for UFC Rotterdam main event will be teammate Andrei Arlovski.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 20, 2016
Despite being teammates, both fighters will be doing their camps at Jackson-Wink MMA.
Greg Jackson told MMA Fighting that both men will train at different times with different coaches, and that he will be in Arlovski’s corner. “Usually I would step out, but Andrei is a special case,” he said.
Overeem (40-14, 1 NC) is currently riding a three-fight winning streak with a pair of TKO wins over former champion Junior dos Santos and Stefan Struve, and a decision over Roy Nelson at UFC 185 in March 2015. “Reem’s” last loss was a surprising first-round finish to the hands of Big Ben Rothwell in 2014. He re-signed with the UFC in free agency after the JDS knockout.
Arlovski (25-11, 1 NC) returned to the UFC nearly two years ago and won four fights in-a-row, including knockout victories over Travis Browne and Antonio Silva. However, the former UFC titleholder’s seven-fight winning streak came to a crashing end when he was knocked out by top contender Stipe Miocic last month at UFC 195.
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place live from Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 8. No other bouts have been confirmed for the card at this time, although Struve vs. Bigfoot Silva is targeted for the event.
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