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Verbal agreements in place for Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem at UFC 209

A heavyweight clash featuring two veterans of the sport is in the works for UFC 209.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported on today’s edition of “SportsCenter” that Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem have verbally agreed to meet at the March 4 event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. MMAjunkie later confirmed the report with UFC officials.

Overeem is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, while Hunt checks in at No. 13.

“The Super Samoan” Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) was last in action in July, facing Brock Lesnar at UFC 200. While Lesnar cruised to a decision win that was later overturned following a failed pre-fight drug test. Hunt has since been outspoken in hopes of increased penalties for those who are caught using performance enhancing drugs.

Meanwhile, Overeem (41-15 MMA, 6-4 UFC) came up short in a bid for the heavyweight title in September, suffering a first-round knockout loss to champ Stipe Miocic. Prior to the loss, Overeem had owned a four-fighting winning streak after downing Andrei Arlovski, Junior dos Santos, Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve.

If finalized, the bout would serve as a rematch of  a July 2008 fight under the DREAM banner, where Overeem scored a submission win in just 71 seconds.

For more on UFC 209, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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