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Alistair Overeem interested in September fight in Saitama, Japan

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Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem is interested in fighting on the UFC Fight Night 51 card in Saitama, Japan.

Joe Scarnici

It appears that UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem is looking to be a part of the promotion's return to Saitam, Japan in September.

According to's Brent Okamoto, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion and K-1 Grand Priz champion will be cleared to fight again in September, as he is currently recovering from elbow surgery.

The news was revealed not by Overeem, but by UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who stated that the Dutch native had specifically requested to be placed on that particular fight card in September.

"Alistair is looking to return in September," Fertitta told "We haven't finalized it yet, but he's expressed an interest in fighting in Japan. I don't know if we'll have a spot on the card for that, but I would expect him to come back in that time frame."

Overeem is 2-2 since joining the UFC roster and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Frank Mir in his last octagon outing at UFC 169.

UFC Fight Night 51 takes place on September 20, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.