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Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes Set for Showdown at UFC 225 in Chicago

A heavyweight showdown has been booked for UFC 225 as Alistair Overeem faces Curtis Blaydes in his hometown of Chicago

Alistair Overeem will travel into enemy territory as he faces Curtis Blaydes on his home turf in Chicago in a new heavyweight bout just added to UFC 225 on June 9.

UFC officials announced the pairing on Wednesday.

Blaydes has been anxious to land a spot on the card in Chicago assuming he could come to an agreement with the UFC on a new contract after fighting out his old deal with a win over Mark Hunt in February.

It appears Blaydes was happy with whatever the UFC offered as he will now look to take another step towards title contention when he fights Overeem in June.

Overeem will attempt to halt Blayde’s three fight win streak while getting back on track himself after suffering a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou this past December. Prior to that defeat. Overeem had won two fights in a row including a victory over former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

Overeem and Blaydes are the latest fight confirmed for UFC 225 in Chicago with a main event for the card still to be determined.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.