UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem Now Official, Tickets on Sale This Month

The biggest heavyweight fight of 2012 will land at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26th, as UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos defends his title for the first time in the main event of UFC 146 against former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem. The UFC made the fight official on Tuesday.

The bout between Dos Santos and Overeem had already been rumored by UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta earlier this year, but the confirmation on Tuesday means that fight contracts are in place and the fight will happen in May.

Dos Santos captured the title on the first UFC on FOX card back in November, knocking out Cain Velasquez in the very first round. Prior to that he’d defeated the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Roy Nelson and Mirko Cro Cop to earn his shot. Overeem made his octagon debut just a month after at UFC 141 card in Las Vegas, stopping former champion Brock Lesnar also in the very first round via TKO. Prior to that he earned a unanimous decision win over Fabricio Werdum with Strikeforce.

Besides the heavyweight headliner of Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem, two more battles between big guys will go down at UFC 146.

Verbal agreements are in for a number-one contender match between former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez, confirmed UFC president Dana White today.

Plus, former Strikeforce heavyweight star Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva has verbally agreed to make his UFC debut against Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Silva logged wins over Andrei Arlovski, Mike Kyle and Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce and Nelson has wins over Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve and Mirko Cro Cop and got Fight of the Night in his last fight against Fabricio Werdum.

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