It looks as if a very significant heavyweight bout could be headed towards March 4’s UFC 209, which is scheduled to go down from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, third ranked Alistair “The Reem” Overeem and seventh ranked Mark “The Super Samoan” Hunt have verbally come to terms regarding a bout for this event. The match would serve as a rematch of their 2008 fight.
Overeem is coming off of a stoppage defeat to reigning champion Stipe Miocic last September at UFC 203. Prior to that match, the Dutchman had been enjoying an impressive four-fight winning streak that included victories over former champions Andrei Arlovski and Junior Dos Santos as well as Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve to earn a shot at heavyweight gold.
Hunt, on the other hand, has been tackling a more convoluted situation. He recently competed at July 9’s UFC 200 where he decide to drop a decision loss to Brock Lesnar, though it has since been changed to a no contest because Lesnar failed multiple drug tests. Lesnar’s drug test failure didn’t go down well with “The Super Samoan” and he has lashed out on the UFC several times over the last few months.
In fact, he asked for a particular clause to be considered in his contract regarding opponents potentially failing drug tests, though as Okamoto noted, it’s still unclear if the UFC has yielded to his requests because as of last week Hunt was still seen asking for the clause to be embedded in future fight contracts. He posted: “drug testing penalties. Don’t know exact details on that yet.”