Return Of ‘The Reem’: UFC Fight Night 50 Gets Overeem vs. Rothwell

A potentially exciting heavyweight scrap has been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night 50 card from Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Connecticut.

UFC officials confirmed today that No. 7-ranked Alistair Overeem will meet unranked Ben Rothwell on the September 5, card, which will air live on FOX Sports 1.

Overeem was last seen outstriking Frank Mir 139-5 en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision at UFC 169 in early February. Prior to that, however, the hulking “Reem” suffered two straight knockouts to heavyweight sluggers Travis Browne and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

The former Strikeforce and DREAM champ has switched camps to train with Browne at Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico after a much-publicized split with Florida’s Blackzilians team.

Meanwhile, Rothwell has been out of action since a UFC 164 finish over the now-released Brandon Vera, a win that was later changed to a No Contest after “Big Ben” tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.

After serving his suspension, Rothwell has a golden opportunity to catapult onto the Top 15 rankings by defeating the puzzling “Reem,” who had been linked to a bout with Junior dos Santos.

Instead, he’ll meet a veteran of a different sort. Is it a bout tailor made for an Overeem knockout, or will his lackluster UFC run continue?

Photo: Joe Camporeale for USA TODAY Sports



8 Comments

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    grandslam

    July 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Ben is not a easy guy to fight. He is very durable. I see this to be a turning point in Overeem's carrier if he wins this fight.

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    TheXperience

    July 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Sounds like a short fight…. next!

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    DG1

    July 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Squash match.

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    Entity

    July 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Ahhh the battle of "meh"

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    Entity

    July 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    If my first comment shows up later Im switching ISP providers who use satellites in my solar syatem this time.

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    sbond

    July 10, 2014 at 4:15 am

    This will be interesting. I havnt been impressed with overeem since he joined the ufc. There seemed to be something missing in most of his fights. A friend of mine is a k1 Champion and helps overeem out with sparring and overeem destroys everyone in every area. I just hope he brings that to the table and shows why he was also a champion in loads of other organisation.

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    Cookie77

    July 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hope 'The Reem' learnt "The Lesson" of respect "The Opponent"………LOL

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