Overeem versus Belfort in New Hampshire, USA

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Pride Fighting Championship superstar, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, will replace an ailing Kevin Randleman as the opponent of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight king, Vitor Belfort, in the main event of the Strikeforce mixed martial arts cage fighting mega-card that will take place at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Friday, June 9th. The headlining contest, which will also serve as a rematch to last year’s meeting between the two that Overeem won, has prompted Strikeforce promoters to aptly re-title their event “Revenge.”

The towering 6 foot 5 inch Overeem, who will celebrate his 26th birthday next Wednesday, is a native of Holland and a member of Team Golden Glory, one of martial arts fighting’s premiere competition squads that boasts the likes of K-1 champions Semmy Schilt and Chalid Arrab as members. The match up in San Jose will mark “The Demolition Man’s” debut in The United States.
The 29 year old Belfort’s return to the cage comes off the heels of his successful debut in the sport of professional boxing that saw him score a first round knockout of Josemario Neves during an event in Salvador, Brazil on April 11th.

A native of Brazil and a six-time veteran of the Japan-based Pride Fighting Championship, Belfort burst onto the mixed martial arts scene at age 19 in 1996 and quickly gained distinction for his explosive punching prowess that out shined his superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills. Belfort’s hands led him to five consecutive knockouts in his first five professional starts, earning him the nickname “The Phenom.” Belfort has claimed victories over a host of big names in the sport including Randy Couture, Heath Herring, and Gilbert Yvel, it was his stunning 44 second stoppage of Wanderlei Silva on October 16, 1998 that remains his greatest conquest to date as well as one of the sport’s most memorable moments. A technical knockout was declared after Belfort unloaded an onslaught of punches that forced Silva back from one end of the cage to the other.

Tickets for Strikeforce “Revenge” are on sale at the HP Pavilion box office (408-287-7070) as well as at all Ticketmaster (408-998-TIXS) outlets and Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com). An arena seating chart can be easily accessed by visiting Strikeforce’s official website, www.strikeforceusa.net, and clicking on the “Tickets” link.
Overeem vs Belfort

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