Report: Overeem to Compete at DREAM.4


Alistair Overeem. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Dutch striker Alistair Overeem will reportedly return to action in a heavyweight bout at DREAM’s upcoming fourth event on June 15th in Japan.

The news comes from The Fight Network, which has confirmed Overeem’s participation with Golden Glory head trainer Martin De Jong.

Overeem last forced Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Paul Buentello to tap out due to injuries received from knees to the body at Strikeforce’s “Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” event in November of last year. The win earned Overeem the vacant Strkeforce heavyweight belt.

Overeem was also slated to take on former teammate Gilbert Yvel in a mixed martial arts bout at the K-1 European Grand Prix last month but Yvel was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a left calf injury during trainer. A replacement opponent was not found in time for Overeem.

DREAM.4 will feature the second round of the promotion’s inaugural middleweight grand prix tournament. Also expected to take place is a second-round lightweight grand prix bout between tournament favorite Shinya Aoki and Katsuhiko Nagata.

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