- Alistair Overeem will face Alexander Volkov on February 6, 2021.
- Overeem is 2-0 in 2020 with KO wins over Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai.
- Volkov is 2-2 in his last four bouts but is coming off a win over Walt Harris last month.
A heavyweight showdown between contenders Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov is set to headline a UFC Fight Night event on February 6, 2021 .
The fight was announced by UFC President Dana White on Thursday during an interview with ESPN. The venue of the event, which will take place on Super Bowl weekend, was not disclosed.
Alistair Overeem will fight Alexander Volkov in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card scheduled for Feb. 6, Dana White told @bokamotoESPN. pic.twitter.com/VBD5mpYr2d
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 12, 2020
This marks the second time that the two heavyweights have been booked to fight each other. Overeem and Volkov were penciled to fight each other in 2019 but Drago pulled out of the fight due to injury. Submission specialist Aleksei Oleinik replaced Volkov in that bout and Overeem went on to knock out Oleinik in the headliner of the UFC’s first event at St. Petersburg and their second overall in Russia.
One Final Run
One final run pic.twitter.com/4aBjZPlS8S
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) November 9, 2020
Overeem has won world titles at Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1. But he’s never won the UFC heavyweight title and that’s the reason why he has continued fighting. He is already 40 years old and is in the tail end of his MMA career. However, he isn’t giving up on winning the one belt that has eluded his illustrious career.
He came close at UFC 203 in 2016 when he challenged Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title in Miocic’s backyard in Cleveland, Ohio. Overeem hurt Miocic early in the fight. But the champ recovered and turned the tables on Reem. Miocic knocked out Overeem late in the first round.
That loss started a period where Overeem went a pedestal 4-4. However, he is 2-0 in 2020 with back to back knockout wins over Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai. As of this week’s latest UFC rankings, he is back in the Top 5. A couple more high profile wins could put him right back in the mix for one final shot at the UFC heavyweight gold.
Looking For First Title Shot
One step closer to a heavyweight title shot for the winner of the Alistair Overeem-Alexander Volkov bout! Who you got? pic.twitter.com/8wn1KxdLfm
— CP Knockouts (@CPKnockouts) November 13, 2020
Volkov meanwhile is looking for his first title shot. The 32-year old Russian is a former Bellator and M-1 Global Heavyweight champion. He is currently the 6th ranked heavyweight in the UFC and is also coming off a TKO win over Walt Harris at UFC 254.
Drago won six straight bouts, including his first five UFC fights, to move closer to the championship picture. But just as he was nearing the top, he ran into Derrick Lewis and got knocked out at UFC 229 with 11 second left in a fight he would’ve easily won if it went the distance.
Volkov is 2-2 in his last four bouts and a win over a Top 5 fighter like Overeem would move him up the heavyweight ladder and one fight closer to getting his first crack at UFC gold. He has a record of 32-8 with 21 knockouts and three wins via submission.