In a rare appearance on Twitter, Lorenzo Fertitta held an extended Q&A session with 76,000 of his followers on the blue-birded network early Friday morning. According to the UFC co-owner, the much-anticipated heavyweight title tilt between champ Junior dos Santos (Pictured) and Alistair Overeem is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend.
The yet-to-be announced show is expected to take place May 26th inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The organization previously requested the venue on that date from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The card will likely be dubbed “UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem.”
The shootout marks dos Santos’ first title defense. It took the Brazilian all of 64 seconds to put Cain Velasquez to sleep this past November to capture the crown.
He had his knee operated on shortly after and has been on the mend ever since. However, 2Santos told 5thRound in late December that he’d be back to training at full capacity in roughly 10 days.
Overeem solidified his next dibs status by slapping Brock Lesnar into MMA retirement at UFC 141. The blockbuster bout was “The Demolition Man’s” debut inside the Octagon.
Although the slugger currently faces a maximum of six months in county jail for battery charges, UFC president Dana White wasn’t concerned about the controversy. Overeem has vehemently denied attacking the female partygoer.