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Who will win the rubber match at UFC 213?
At UFC 213, MMA Heavyweight legends Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum will fight in a rubber match years in the making. They would face each other in Pride and Strikeforce, while never facing each other in the UFC. However, this fight couldn’t have happened at a better time. With Werdum ranked #1 in the UFC Heavyweight Division and Overeem ranked #3, this rubber match has a lot more at stake. Both are close to challenging for the UFC Heavyweight Championship and a win could make them the next contender. Who will end the chapter of the rivalry that has span over a decade.
At age 38, Werdum is not only one of the best Heavyweights in the UFC currently, but possibly in all of MMA. It was just two years ago when Werdum was on a five fight win streak and defeated Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Werdum lost his championship to Stipe Miocic and has had problems getting fights, because of his opponents being injured, dealing with his own injuries and fights failing to come together. Still, Werdum is still a threat in the Heavyweight Division and is chasing a rematch for the championship that he lost. Werdum has a submission victory over Overeem back in their fight in Pride in 2006, where they fought for the first time. Werdum will look to finish what he started back in 2006 and move closer to reclaiming what he still thinks is his.
In the UFC Heavyweight Division, Overeem is still one of the best strikers in the UFC. Coming off a Knockout victory over Mark Hunt, Overeem proved he can still get it done and Knockout anyone in the Heavyweight Division. Overeem fought for the Heavyweight Championship against Miocic and came close to finishing Miocic. At age 37, Overeem wants to get back into a championship fight and win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Overeem defeated Werdum back in 2011 in Strikeforce by Decision and will look to be victorious once again at UFC 213.
It’s rare in combat sports that a rivalry can be built up for over a decade and at UFC 213 fans will see the culmination of Overeem vs Werdum. Both fighters are almost in their 40’s, but are still the elite in the Heavyweight Division. Werdum has become a better striker since the last time they fought, but can Werdum stand with Overeem? Overeem has improved his approach to fighting and has shown to be more patient looking for opportunities to land a Knockout. With the way Overeem been fighting, will Overeem be too hesitant against Werdum? This rubber match will be different from the fights Overeem and Werdum had against each other. Both fighters have changed and improved, with a win at UFC 213 having title contender implications. UFC 213 will mark the end of a decade long rivalry, who will be the one to end it?
Written by Tyriece Simon