On Wednesday night the UFC announced a heavyweight matchup between a pair of towering Dutch fighters in Alistair Overeem and Stefan Struve had officially been added to UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix.

Overeem (37–14), a former champion in Dream, K-1 and Strikeforce, will be looking to get his career back on track after suffering a first round knockout loss to Ben Rothwell in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 50. This stunning upset gave ‘The Reem’ losses in three of his last four fights, with all of them coming by way of knockout. It is essentially do-or-die for the hulking Dutch striker as another loss could very well mean the end to a rather disappointing UFC career.

Struve (25-6), on the other hand, has not competed inside an octagon since suffering a violent knockout loss to Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel TV in March 2013. Since then seven-foot striker has been dealing with a heart condition that nearly ended his career. He was scheduled to make his return against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 until a panic attack just hours before the fight forced him to withdraw from the bout.

UFC on FOX 13 is currently scheduled to take place on Dec. 13 at US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix. While a main event for the card has yet to be announced, a heavyweight matchup between former champion Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic has been linked to the card.

Here’s how the rest of the card is shaping up:

  • Alistair Overeem (37–14) vs. Stefan Struve (25–6)
  • Jamie Varner (21-10-1) vs. Drew Dober (14-6)
  • Derek Brunson (12-3) vs. Ed Herman (22-10)

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