UFC Announces Massive Fight For September 5th

Published 07/15/2020, 4:32 AM EDT


The UFC has targeted a main event booking between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai to take place on September 5. The news comes via Combate as the two heavyweight strikers are set to keep the UFC chugging along the schedule. However, details regarding the venue remain largely unknown due to the climate of COVID-19.

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The promotion has been preparing to maintain a vigorous schedule to stay a step ahead of the competition. They were the first sporting organization to return to full-fledged action even before the likes of the NBA and NFL. Moreover, they have managed to pull off successful events on a global scale with the inclusion of Fight Island.

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UFC Heavyweight bout: Alistair Overeem x Augusto Sakai

The main event for the undisclosed location will see the heavyweights slug it out to inch closer to contention. Both men are coming off victories and another definitive performance could be their ticket to the top.

Alistair Overeem is currently ranked number 7 in the UFC’s heavyweight roster and has looked impressive in his previous outings. Although he suffered a devastating KO loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik, he has shown to be sharp. Not to mention, his hall of fame caliber resume with over 60 professional fights make him a favorite.

He has managed to stay relevant even after suffering critical setbacks inside the cage. Through it all, ‘The Demolition Man’ has been a frequent force under the bright lights and faced all comers. Additionally, the 40-year-old striker from Holland has beaten multiple former world champions in his run in the promotion. Overeem took to Twitter and shared a picture that shows he’s combat-ready.

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Brazil’s Augusto Sakai is a surging prospect that has a bright future given his current performance rate. He is unbeaten inside the octagon and has only a singular loss to Cheick Kongo back in 2017. Not to mention, his experience fighting higher level opposition stems from his run in Bellator before entering the UFC.

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His recent performances against Marcin Tybura and Blagoy Ivanov have left a favorable impression in the eyes of fans. Chiefly, these statement victories over credentialed opponents have played a part in securing a main event feature.

The scrap will see the two high-level athletes square off in a race to the top of the heavyweight mountain.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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