A third fight between Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem is in the works for UFC 213.
Multiple outlets confirmed the heavyweight pairing Wednesday following initial reports from Twitter user Talk MMA and FloCombat.com. UFC 213 takes place on July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is part of the promotion’s three-event extravaganza during International Fight Week.
Werdum and Overeem first met at Pride FC “Total Elimination Absolute” on May 5, 2006, with the Brazilian winning via kimura 3:43 into the second stanza. Their rematch occurred under the Strikeforce banner on June 18, 2011 as part of the organization’s heavyweight grand prix. Overeem emerged from that contest with a unanimous decision victory.
Werdum has won seven of his last eight UFC appearances. In his lone defeat during that stretch, “Vai Cavalo” relinquished the heavyweight strap to Stipe Miocic in a first-round knockout defeat at UFC 198. The 39-year-old rebounded in his last outing, taking a unanimous decision over Travis Browne at UFC 203.
Overeem has won five of his last six bouts in the Octagon. The 36-year-old Dutchman came up short in a title bid at UFC 203, losing to current champion Miocic via first-round knockout. Most recently, Overeem knocked out Mark Hunt with a knee 1:44 into the third round of their scrap at UFC 209 on March 4.