Alistair Overeem has been campaigning for a title shot following his latest win, and while he says he doesn’t care who he faces, “The Reem” admits he has some “unfinished business” with Fabricio Werdum.
Overeem took on fellow heavyweight contender Andrei Arlovski on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 87, and took out his teammate in round two with a jumping kick and punches. The victory extended Overeem’s winning streak to four, and since he’s ranked #3, his case for a title shot is pretty strong.
The next man who is taking on Werdum, of course, is Stipe Miocic, who will battle the champ at UFC 198 this coming Saturday. Following Overeem’s win over Arlovski, the Dutch fighter spoke with UFC cameras, and here is some of what Overeem had to say about who he’d like to face for the belt (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I think as a champion you need to be willing to fight everybody. I have that mentality, may the best man win. I do have some unsettled business with Werdum, we’re one and one, even though I beat him the last time,” Overeem said.
“Both prove interesting challenges,” the 35-year old striking expert continued to weigh in on his two possible next opponents. “They’re different, but may the best man win. I’ll be ready for whatever.”
Now, old school fans, or Fight Pass addicts will recall that Overeem and Werdum fought for the first time back in 2006 for Pride. Werdum won that fight via submission. They met again in 2011 under the Strikeforce banner, however, this time around Overeem won via UD.
So, you can understand why Overeem might be leaning towards a rubber match with Werdum. The UFC would also have a nice back story to roll with, if Werdum defends the title against Miocic, and they decide to tap Overeem for a title shot.
Of course, it should be noted that former champ Cain Velasquez is scheduled to fight Travis Browne on July 9th at UFC 200. If Velasquez cruises through Browne in highlight reel / dominant fashion, he could also be booked for another title fight.