Hunt vs Overeem slated for UFC 209 in March

The UFC has announced a bout between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem, both K-1 World Grand Prix winners, which will take place at UFC 209.

The pair first met at DREAM 5 in 2008 where Overeem submitted Hunt in the first round.

The bout was officially announced by the promotion on Tuesday but according to Hunt’s website, he has only verbally agreed to the bout and is in the process of negotiating a clause that will give him a portion of his opponent's purse if they test positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

“My clause will protect me in this instance and take the financial gain of the opponent of caught cheating,” Hunt said. “That deterrent will protect me and other fighters. I’m pushing for this clause, I want to fight and I am ready. If the fight doesn’t go ahead it’s not my doing. I will not fight without this clause.  I’ve already fought 3 dopers in a row and I’m not going to fight again without security. All I want is a fair go and an even playing field.”

Hunt (12-10-1, 1 NC) last fought at UFC 200 where he lost a unanimous decision to Brock Lesnar which was overturned to a no-contest following Lesnar’s failed drug test. Prior to that, he scored back-to-back first-round knockout victories over Frank Mir and “Bigfoot” Silva.

Prior to his knockout loss to heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, Overeem (50-7) was on a four-fight win streak over Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson, Junior Dos Santos, and Andrei Arlovski.

UFC 209 takes place on March 4 in Las Vegas.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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