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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Alistair Overeem-Ben Rothwell set

By Brett Okamoto
ESPN.com

A heavyweight contest between Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell has been confirmed for a UFC Fight Night event Sept. 5 in Ledyard, Connecticut.

UFC officials confirmed the heavyweight bout to ESPN.com, following an initial news report by Fox Sports. The live event will take place at Foxwoods Resort and Casino.

Overeem (37-13) is coming off a unanimous decision win over former heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 169 in February. The win snapped a two-fight skid in which Overeem suffered knockout losses to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne.

A former Strikeforce, DREAM and K1 kickboxing champion, Overeem underwent a minor procedure in April to address a pinched nerve in his elbow. He recently relocated his training camp from the Blackzilians in Boca Raton, Florida, to Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rothwell (33-9) has not fought since a third-round TKO win over Brandon Vera at UFC 164 last August in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services granted Rothwell, 32, a use exemption for testosterone-replacement therapy prior to the bout, but a fight-night test revealed his levels of testosterone were above the allowed limit.

The UFC suspended Rothwell nine months for the positive test.

Rothwell is 3-3 since signing with the UFC in 2009. He fought current UFC champion Cain Velasquez in his promotional debut in October 2009 and lost via second-round TKO.