The UFC Fight Night 50 event in Conneticut on September 5th is really starting to shape up after two high profile fights were announced for it’s main card.
First up, Alistair Overeem returns to the Octagon for the first time since beating Frank Mir back in February at UFC 169. He’s had elbow surgery since then and is now looking to make a push his way back up the rankings where he’s currently placed at No.7.
On Spetember 5th he’ll fight Ben Rothwell who makes his comeback after serving a nine month suspension for having elevated levels of testosterone following his TKO win over Brandon Vera back in August of last year at UFC 164.
Also now scheduled for UFC Fight Night 50 is a middleweight encounter between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza which was originally scheduled to be the co-main event at the now defunct UFC 176 show next month.
Both men have title aspirations at 185lbs, with former Strikeforce middleweight champion ‘Jacare’ being particularly well poised to do so having won all three of his UFC fights so far in convincing fashion, leaving him on a six fight winning streak overall and ranked No.4 in the division.
Mousasi also looked impressive in his last Octagon outing, choking out Mark Munoz in the first round and so while he’s currently ranked at No.7, a win over ‘Jacare’ could propel him into the fringes of the title picture.
While there’s no official confirmation yet it’s likely that the Mousasi Vs ‘Jacare’ fight will be the headliner here, with Overeem Vs Rothwell serving as the co-main event, and that’s a good line-up for a Fight Night card.
It’s also worth noting that this marks a rare Friday night show for the UFC and will see them go head-to-head with Bellator who are also holding an event that night which just so happens to also be taking place in Conneticut just 10 miles up the road.