Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett headlines UFC Hamburg event on September 3

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Andrei Arlovski (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

The UFC’s return to Germany this September has its main event, as heavyweights Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett will square off in the headlining slot in Hamburg on Sept. 3.

Both fighters are entering off of losses, with Arlovski looking to stave off a third straight defeat. The 37-year-old Arlovski has been stopped in two-straight fights, getting taken out by now-current champ Stipe Miocic and the next challenger in Alistair Overeem.

As for the 38-year-old Barnett, he hopes to bounce back from a somewhat shocking submission loss to Ben Rothwell in January, his second loss in his last three fights. Both Arlovski and Barnett are former champions in the UFC’s heavyweight division, with Barnett holding that belt in 2002 and Arlovski capturing it in 2005.

This Sept. 3 event will be the UFC’s first in Germany since June of last year, and will also feature a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ilir Latifi.

[Photo (c) Jayne Kamin-Oncea via USA Today Sports]

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