While Alistair Overeem has confirmed that he’ll be headlining the UFC’s first ever event in the Netherlands, another Dutch heavyweight already has his opponent lined up for the event. According to a report from Combate in Brazil, Stefan Struve will take on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on the May 8 event in Rotterdam.
Both heavyweights have been on a downturn as of late, and each enter this event off a loss. Struve’s came in a decision against Jared Rosholt in November, just a few months removed from a win over longtime vet Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The 27-year-old lost some time on his career due to a heart condition, but still hopes to have a lengthy future in the UFC.
Silva’s time in the sport might be much more limited, as the 36-year-old has taken a ton of damage in the last four and a half years of his career. That includes brutal first round losses in three of his last four fights, including his most recent appearance where he was taken out by Mark Hunt in their rematch in Melbourne.
The May 8 UFC Fight Night event is expected to air live on UFC Fight Pass, and is one of two new European locations the UFC is hitting this spring after April’s trip to Zagreb, Croatia.
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