Fight fans will finally get to witness the much talked about heavyweight contest between former UFC champion Junior dos Santos and rival striker Alistair Overeem.

UFC officials announced the two hulking fighter have been booked for the co-main event of the upcoming UFC on FOX 17.

Dos Santos (17-3) has not been seen inside a UFC Octagon since his gruelling decision win over Stipe Miocic at UFC on FOX 13 last December. Prior to this vicvictoryotry, ‘Cigano’ suffered a one-sided beatdown at the hands of former champion, and longtime rival, Cain Velasquez in their title fight at UFC 166. He will enter this bout with 14 career stoppage wins, including 12 by way of knockout, and a UFC record of 11-2.

Overeem (39-14), the former Strikeforce, Dream and the 2010 K-1 Grand Prix champion, will be looking to extend his two fight streak. In his most recent contest ‘The Reem’ picked apart Roy Nelson en route to a decision win at UFC 186 in March.

This gave Overeem his first win streak under the UFC banner after previously defeating Stefan Struve by way of first round knockout at UFC on FOX 13.  He will enter this bout with an astounding 35 stoppage wins, including 19 by way of submission, an a UFC record of 4-3.

UFC on FOX 17 is currently set to take place Dec. 19 at the Amway Center in Orlando. This will mark the final event of the UFC’s 2015 calendar. A lightweight title fight between dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone will serve as the main event.

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