Overeem, 6’5″ and 256 lbs., holds a professional record of 36-11-1, and is the number two ranked heavyweight in the UFC, the largest promoter in mixed martial arts (MMA). He has an incredible 12-fight win streak, and is the only fighter in combat sports to hold a world title in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time. He held belts as the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion (2010), Dream Champion, and most recently the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion.
The UFC signed the 31 year old Holland native to a contract in September 2011 and set Friday, December 30 as the date for Overeem’s Octagon debut against Lesnar, former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE legend. It took Overeem less than three minutes after the opening bell to stop Lesnar and not only put an end to the fight, but also send him into retirement.
Overeem is set to take on Dos Santos as the championship main event of the UFC May 26 card Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. Dos Santos vs. Overeem will be shown live on Pay-Per-View in North America and will also available around the world through UFC’s various international distributors. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in 150 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching over one billion homes worldwide, in 21 different languages.