The Fight Network has the scoop:
Alistair "Demolition Man" Overeem (27-11-0) has been confirmed as the opponent for Mark Hunt (5-3-0) at Dream 5 from Osaka, Japan this Monday. Overeem confirmed the heavyweight bout with The Fight Network on Friday.
Overeem, a veteran Dutch kickboxer, was victorious over Tae Hyun Lee (1-2-0) at Dream 4 in June. He holds notable wins over Vitor Belfort (16-8-0) and Paul Buentello (25-10-0), both of whom will be competing at Affliction: Banned this Saturday. The seasoned Pride Fighting Championships star looks to extend his winning streak to three in a row against another fighter who is no stranger to the defunct Japanese promotion.
While Hunt may only have eight fights under his belt, he holds wins over some of the most established names in the sport, including Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (23-6-2). Since then, however, Hunt has been on a two-fight losing streak, last suffering defeat at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko (27-1-0, 1 NC) and Josh Barnett (25-5-0), two top-five ranked heavyweight fighters. In his first appearance for the Dream promotion, Hunt looks to rebound when he takes on "Demolition Man" at Osaka Castle Hall.
Quite the match up to put together at the last moment. While Hunt has done well for himself in his still young MMA career, Overeem seems to be fighting as well as he ever has.
This is a tough one for both guys on short notice. On the one hand, Hunt had been preparing for a fight, despite not knowing who his opponent would be, on the DREAM 5 show, so he may be in better fighting shape that Overeem. On the other hand, this is Hunt's first fight since losing to Fedor on New Year's Eve 2006. Overeem is not a top heavyweight, which Hunt had become accustomed to facing in PRIDE, but he is a dangerous striker, which will likely make this an exciting fight for as long as it lasts.