A heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC’s return to Connecticut on September 5 as Alistair Overeem will face Ben Rothwell on the show taking place at the Foxwoods Casino and Resort.
UFC officials confirmed the bout to FOX Sports on Wednesday.
Overeem (37-13, 1 NC) returns to the Octagon following a much needed win in his last fight over Frank Mir at UFC 169 in February. The former Strikeforce champion put an end to a two fight losing streak and now hopes to build on the momentum of that fight when he gets back in action in September.
Since his last bout, Overeem has also switched fight camps and began working full time with the team at Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he trains alongside fellow UFC heavyweights such as Travis Browne.
Facing Overeem in September will be Ben Rothwell (33-9), who will be looking for some redemption after his last fight where he defeated Brandon Vera by TKO but then tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a post fight drug test.
Following his suspension, Rothwell will hope to build on that win by beating Overeem and proving he’s back on track following the failed drug test.
UFC Fight Night in Connecticut will take place on Friday, September 5 and will air live on FOX Sports 1.