Report: Alexander Volkov vs. Alistair Overeem Headlines UFC Fight Night St. Petersburg


A heavyweight division attraction is going to be headlining UFC Fight Night St. Petersburg according to Farah Hannoun as #5 Alexander Volkov is going to be in action against #6 Alistair Overeem.

Volkov (30-7-0) is looking to rebound from his first UFC loss, which came to Derrick Lewis via third round knockout at UFC 229. Volkov is undefeated in UFC main event fights, having previously defeated the duo of Stefan Struve and Fabricio Werdum in headlining encounters. Volkov is also a former Bellator MMA Heavyweight Champion, defeating Rich Hale at Bellator 84 to win the gold.

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Overeem (44-17-0-1NC) has won just one of his last three under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Fight Night Beijing. Overeem has previously challenged for the UFC Heavyweight Title, losing to then champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 203. Overeem is a former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, defeating UFC veteran Paul Buentello to win the gold in November of 2007.

UFC Fight Night St. Petersburg takes place on Saturday, April 20 from the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia with Alexander Volkov and Alistair Overeem headlining. Fightful is going to be providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.

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