Alistair Overeem’s UFC Return Targeted For Russian Stadium Show

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The UFC recently announced plans for an event in a Russian stadium in 2019. Heavyweight slugger Alistair Overeem may join in on the festivities.

Belarusian former champ Andrei Arlovski was reported as competing at the event when it was announced. Now, the event could have another monstrous heavyweight fight headed for its developing lineup. Reporter Farah Hannoun revealed the UFC was in the early stages of booking Overeem vs. Alexander Volkov in Russia:

Longtime veteran Overeem recently rebounded from a two-fight losing streak to Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou by destroying Sergey Pavlovich at November’s UFC Beijing. The former Strikeforce, DREAM, and K-1 champion has gone 9-6 in 15 UFC bouts dating back to late 2011. He owns wins over former champs like Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, Frank Mir, Fabricio Werdum, and Arlovski.

His potential opponent Volkov most recently lost a crushing match-up to Derrick Lewis at October’s UFC 229. The former Bellator and M-1 champion was controlling the fight for the majority of three round only to be viciously ko’d by “The Black Beast” in the final seconds. The defeat snapped a six-fight win streak for the Russian, including four straight in the UFC. He had knocked out Werdum in his previous fight last March.

The Russian stadium event is slated to take place April 20 at the new Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. It does not have a main event as of this writing, but this fight could certainly serve as the featured bout.