Three former UFC champions slated for UFC 213 return

Three stellar matchups will be heading to International Fight Week in Las Vegas on July 8, as the highly-anticipated UFC 213 card at T-Mobile Arena begins to take shape.

In the heavyweight division, it’s a rubber match between two of the best big men to ever strap on the gloves, as former world champion Fabricio Werdum attempts to break his deadlock with elite striker Alistair Overeem.

Werdum submitted Overeem in their first match in PRIDE in 2006, but “The Reem” evened the score with the Brazilian star in a 2011 Strikeforce bout. This summer, they will collide for a third time in a pivotal showdown.

And while all eyes will be on Werdum-Overeem III, fight fans around the globe will get the action fight they’ve wanted when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler returns to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Back for the first time since July 2016, “Ruthless” will be seeking a finish early and often against Cerrone, who has won four of five bouts since moving to the 170-pound weight class last year.

Plus, former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will be back in the 155-pound division in July, and he’ll be in tough against veteran contender Jim Miller.

Tickets for UFC 213 go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 19.

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