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Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Targeted for UFC 146 on Memorial Day Weekend

Junior dos SantosUFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will defend his title for the first time against Alistair Overeem in a fight that is expected to take place at UFC 146, the UFC’s Memorial Day weekend event on May 26 in Las Vegas, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta announced overnight on Twitter.

Dos Santos (14-1) knocked out Cain Velasquez in just 64-seconds to claim the title at UFC on Fox 1 in November, but entered the fight with a knee injury and has been recovering from surgery since. Meanwhile, the former Strikeforce champion Overeem (36-11) faced Brock Lesnar in his Octagon debut at UFC 141 in December and knocked out the former-title holder in the opening round to earn a shot at the belt.

Overeem’s recent citation for misdemeanor battery following his UFC 141 victory is not expected to have an impact on the matchup.

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