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UFC on ESPN+ 34: Alistair Overeem takes on Augusto Saki

Can the "Demolition Man" hold on for one more title shot run?

Augusto Sakai (15-1-1) will get his chance to move up in the heavyweight division with a win over No. 6 Alistair Overeem (46-18-0, 1NC) at UFC on ESPN+ 34 Sept. 5.

Sakai, 29, has worked his way to a No. 9 ranking since coming from the Dana White Contender Series. He has four consecutive wins in the octagon, including a split-decision over Blagoy Ivanov at UFC on ESPN 9 in May. Overeem will be the biggest opponent he’s faced yet.

Meanwhile, Overeem, 40, is trying to work his way towards one more run at a title shot. He stopped Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 in May. The former Strikeforce and K-1 heavyweight champion has won three of his last four fights.

UFC on ESPN+ 34 is scheduled for Sept. 5 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Current bouts include:

ALISTAIR OVEREEM (46-18-0, 1NC) VS. AUGUSTO SAKAI (15-1-1)

NICCO MONTANO (4-3-0) VS. JULIA AVILA (8-1-0)

MONTANA DE LA ROSA (11-5-0) VS. VIVIANE ARAUJO (8-2-0)

MICHEL PEREIRA (23-11-0, 2NC) VS. ZELIM IMADAEV (8-2-0)

SIJARA EUBANKS (5-4-0) VS. MACY CHIASSON (6-1-0)

BARTOSZ FABINSKI (15-3-0) VS. ANDRE MUNIZ (19-4-0)

BRIAN KELLEHER (21-11-0) VS. RICKY SIMON (16-3-0)

JALIN TURNER (9-5-0) VS. THIAGO MOISES (13-4-0)

COLE SMITH (7-1-0) VS. HUNTER AZURE (8-1-0)

KHAMA WORTHY(16-6-0) VS. OTTMAN AZALTAR (12-0-0)

ALEXANDER ROMANOV VS. MARCOS ROGERIO DE LIMA (17-6-1)

OVINCE ST. PREUX (24-14-0) VS. ALONZO MENIFIELD (9-1-0)

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 34: Alistair Overeem takes on Augusto Saki

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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