Alexander Volkov vs. Alistair Overeem headlines UFC on ESPN+ 7 in St. Petersburg, Russia

The UFC is heading back to Russia in April with a pair of heavyweights in the main event.

Russia’s own Alexander Volkov (30-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will take on Alistair Overeem (44-17 MMA, 9-6 UFC) in the UFC on ESPN+ 7 headliner in St. Petersburg. The promotion announced the event today at the conclusion of a fan Q&A session ahead of the UFC on ESPN+ 3 ceremonial weigh-ins in Prague, Czech Republic.

UFC on ESPN+7 takes place April 20 at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg. The entire event streams on ESPN+.

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Volkov, a former Bellator heavyweight champion, started his UFC tenure with four straight wins as part of a six-fight winning streak. After decisions over Timothy Johnson and Roy Nelson, he picked up bonuses for knockouts of Stefan Struve and former champion Fabricio Werdum.

But at UFC 229 this past October in Las Vegas, after dominating Derrick Lewis for nearly the entire fight, Volkov fell victim to a Hail Mary comeback knockout by Lewis with just 11 seconds left in their fight. It was his first loss in more than three years.

Now the Moscow native will get a chance to fight in front of his home-country fans for the first time in the UFC and first time since June 2016.

Overeem got back on track this past November with a first-round TKO of Sergey Pavolovich in Beijing. The win snapped a two-fight skid that saw him suffer knockouts to Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 and Curtis Blaydes at UFC 225.

After a four-fight winning streak got him a shot at the heavyweight title in 2016, it’s been a run of just 3-3 for Overeem starting with a loss to then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 203.

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