UFC 205 will be the first UFC event in New York after a 19-year absence in the state. The event is currently scheduled on November 12, 2016 at the Madison Square Garden.
However, there are no fights on the New York City fight card but many UFC fighters want to be part of it. Fresh from his second-round knockout win over teammate Andrei Arlovski, Alistair Overeem said that he wants to have his UFC heavyweight title shot at UFC 205.
“We’re going to get that belt in November at Madison Square Garden,” Overeem told his hometown Rotterdam crowd via FOX Sports.
The 35-year-old heavyweight contender has been looking for his shot at a UFC title belt since making his debut in 2011. However, he piled up losses to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell that caused him to fall down the rankings.
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Nonetheless, Overeem worked his way back into the rankings by getting wins over Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, Junior dos Santos and Andrei Arlovski. With his recent win against his teammate, he now has a four-fight winning streak, a winner in five of his last six matches.
“Obviously, the whole thing was not good for the team, but I’ve done the best I could to keep the energy positive, not to disrupt anybody and keep the whole vibe positive, and I think the respect is there. It’s not going to be gone,” Overeem told MMA Junkie regarding the bout against Arlovski.
Current champion Fabricio Werdum will be defending his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 on May 14 in Curitiba, Brazil. The report also noted that Overeem will likely be granted a shot for the UFC heavyweight championship, but it won’t be at UFC New York.
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Some of the rumored matches on the card of UFC 205 include Ronda Rousey’s return fight, as well as bouts for New York-born fighters such as Jon “Bones” Jones and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar.
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