Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting with the fight moving to a new date after being postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Overeem vs. Harris was originally slated to headline the UFC’s return to Portland, Ore. on April 11 but the entire show was scrapped. Now the heavyweights will face off in May instead, although it’s not expected that Overeem and Harris will serve as the main event.
The UFC is currently scrambling to put together several fight cards after securing a location to hold events. It’s expected that the next few shows will take place at the Tachi Palace Resort and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., which is on a Native American reservation and outside the purview of governing bodies like the state of California.
The fight will serve as Overeem’s return to action after he suffered a late, fifth round knockout loss in his last outing in a fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Prior to that setback, Overeem had won two fights in a row.
As for Harris, he will be making his first appearance since the tragic death of his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard. He was initially scheduled to face Overeem last December but he dropped out of the fight to be with his family.
Now Harris will make his return while riding a four-fight undefeated streak, including three knockouts over four fights.