Smith-Teixeira, Overeem-Harris Reportedly Set For May UFC Events
The UFC is looking to make May a month to remember. Now that the promotion has a home for fights, it is time to add bouts to them.
Following the announcement that the UFC will host events in Jacksonville, Florida, it was noted that there will be two events going on a few days after the May 9th UFC 249 event. According to a report by MMA Junkie, Anthony Smith v. Glover Teixeira will headline the May 13th card while Alistair Overeem v. Walt Harris will take over the May 16th card.
The UFC has yet to confirm the news.
Smith (32-14) was meant to face Teixeira (30-7) in Nebraska on April 25. The former is coming off of a submission win over Alexander Gustafsson back in July. It was a rebound win following a unanimous decision loss against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 235. Teixeira is on a three-fight win streak. His last fight was a split decision win over Nikita Krylov in September.
Harris (13-7, 1NC) was meant to face Overeem (45-18, 1NC) back in December, but he removed himself from it following the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, his stepdaughter. The 19-year-old went missing in October and was later confirmed dead as a result of a gunshot wound.
They were then going to clash on April 11 in Portland. Harris is coming off of a win against Aleksei Oleinik back in July via knockout. He is 3-0 in his last four fights with one no-contest. Overeem last fought in Washington, D.C. back in December at UFC on ESPN 7. Facing Harris’ replacement in Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Overeem was knocked out four seconds before the fifth round ended. The 39-year-old needed to get plastic surgery to reconstruct his upper lip following the fight.
Both fight cards were cancelled as a result of the coronavirus. Now, they are back on track.
Along with UFC 249, those fight cards will be taking place inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.