The Second City is getting a first-rate heavyweight matchup.
Overeem (43-16, 1 NC), long one of the top big men in the sport, is coming off a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 in December. Had the Netherlands native won that bout, he would have been in line for a title rematch with Stipe Miocic. Overeem, 37, was on a two-fight win streak and had won six of his last seven fights before that KO defeat.
Blaydes (9-1, 1 NC), meanwhile, is coming off the biggest win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 221 last month in Australia. The Chicago native called to fight next in his hometown after that huge “W” against a top name and he’s getting it. Blaydes, 27, is unbeaten in his last five fights and he would have five straight wins if not for a positive marijuana test that overturned one victory into a no contest.
UFC 225 does not yet have an announced main event. The card will feature a top strawweight bout between former champion Carla Esparza and Claudia Gadelha and a key flyweight fight between the returning Joseph Benavidez and Sergio Pettis.