Alistair Overeem has denied that he called for a bout with Andrei Arlovski, but evidently the latter isn’t buying it, or hasn’t been given the heads up…
Overeem and Arlovski will battle in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 87 on Sunday, which will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Leading up to the bout, Arlovski has claimed that Overeem asked the UFC for the fight, even though they both train out of Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque. “The Reem”, however, says that isn’t true.
Recently Arlovski appeared on “MMA Junkie.com Radio”, and the former heavyweight champ had this to say, while discussing his motivation to beat Overeem (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“The most important thing right now is to face and beat Alistair Overeem … because from what I know, he asked this for this fight,” Arlovski said. “He kind of put on the spot Greg Jackson and Mike Winklejohn.”
There you have it. Now, it could be that Overeem doesn’t want to admit publicly, that yes, he asked for a fight with his teammate. It could also be that he had nothing to do with it. Maybe his management asked for the bout? Who knows.
Now, either guy could have turned down the fight, but clearly they’re not bestest buds, so that wasn’t an issue.
At the end of the day, what really matters is what happens in the Octagon. This is a huge fight for both men. Overeem is riding a three fight winning streak, and an impressive win could lead to a title shot. Arlovski, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track after he was stopped by Stipe Miocic.
Overeem is currently ranked #3 at heavyweight, and Arlovski is sitting in the #5 spot.