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Alistair Overeem vs. Roy Nelson slated for UFC 185

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Heavyweight hitters will collide when Alistair Overeem and Roy Nelson meet on March 14, 2015 in Dallas, TX, at UFC 185. UFC officials confirmed the bout Tuesday following an initial report from The Dallas Morning News.

Both Overeem, No. 11, and Nelson, No. 9, are ranked within the UFC's media-generated heavyweight rankings.

Overeem (38-14, 1 NC) most recently scored a career-saving first-round knockout over Stefan Struve this past December.

The win snapped a troublesome slump for the former Strikeforce/Dream/K-1 champion, as Overeem had suffered grisly knockout losses in three of previous four bouts, including a dramatic first-round defeat at the hands of Ben Rothwell that left many questioning whether the 34-year-old should retire from the sport.

Instead he'll meet Nelson (20-10), a 38-year-old slugger who's fallen on similarly hard times of late.

A loser of three of his last four fights, Nelson suffered a highlight-reel knockout loss to Mark Hunt in his most recent outing.

UFC 185 takes place at Dallas' American Airlines Center and airs live on pay-per-view. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis looks to defend his title against top contender Rafael dos Anjos in the night's main event.