Former champions Fabricio Werdum, Anthony Pettis ready for UFC 213


Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. (Christian Palma/AP)

LAS VEGAS — The UFC 213 main event was cancelled Saturday after women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes fell ill, but the card is still being headlined by a title fight and there are a pair of former champions on the undercard.

Former heavyweight kingpin Fabricio Werdum meets feared striker Alistair Overeem for the third time in his career.

Overeem beat Werdum by decision when they fought in Strikeforce in 2011 but was submitted by the Brazilian back in 2006 when the two competed in Pride.

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is back in the 155-pound division after losing to current featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 206 in December. Pettis takes on Jim Miller as he looks to once again establish himself as a lightweight contender.

Rising heavyweight Curtis Blaydes hopes to one day be in high-profile fights like Werdum-Overeem. He fights Daniel Omielanczuk on the main card.

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