UFC 185 just got a whole lot heavier.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas Morning News announced a battle between a pair of  fan favorites heavyweights in Alistair Overeem and Roy Nelson has officially been added to UFC 185 in March.

Overeem (38-14), the former Strikeforce, Dream and the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix champion, will be looking to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time in his UFC career. In his most recent outing, ‘The Reem’ ran through his fellow Dutch countryman Stefan Struve in the opening round of their UFC on FOX 13 matchup in December.  Prior to this win, Overeem suffered a stunning first round knockout loss to Ben Rothwell in their co-main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 50 in September. He will enter this bout with an astounding 35 stoppage wins, including 19 by way of submission, an a UFC record of 3-3.

Nelson (20-10), the winner of the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, will enter this bout coming off a second round round knockout loss to 2001 K-1 Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 52 in September. This setback not only marked Nelson’s first stoppage loss during his UFC tenure, and second of his career, but also handed him his third loss in his last four bouts. Prior to this loss, ‘Big Country’ demolished former Pride FC and UFC heavyweight champion Antônio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39. He currently holds 18 stoppage wins, including 13 by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 7-6.

UFC 185 is currently scheduled to take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. A lightweight title fight between reigning champion Anthony Pettis and the surging Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos will serve as the main event.

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