Alistair Overeem was taken out by reigning heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, just over a year ago, but the decorated fighter says he’ll receive another title shot, if he scores a win at UFC 218.
Overeem faced Miocic at UFC 203 last September, and although he rocked the champ moments in, the latter came back to score a first round, KO win. Since then, however, Overeem has knocked out Mark Hunt and earned a decision win over Fabricio Werdum. Up next, on December 2nd, he’ll take on rising heavyweight, Francis Ngannou.
Recently Overeem was a guest on “The MMA Hour”, and he reported that he’s been told he’ll be tapped for a title shot, if he defeats Ngannou. In addition, Overeem had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I didn’t need to be — logical thinking,” Overeem said, while noting he didn’t have to be informed that a win over Ngannou, will move him into another title fight. “I’m ranked No. 1 now, so the way [I see it], I would be eligible to fight for the belt now, but I also stated that in previous interviews if I need to run through somebody else before, then we’re gonna do that. That is what it is right now. Again, I’m a fighter, I like to be active. To me, that is the best. Some fighters, they are not fighting for a year or a year and a half. I just need to get back in there every four or five months.”
You can understand why Overeem said this, as he is ranked #1, and a win over the dangerous Francis Ngannou would certainly make a big statement. But, since Overeem was stopped by Miocic just over a year ago, some people might be surprised to hear the UFC’s thinking about running that match-up back (assuming Miocic’s still the champion of course by year’s end – currently he’s not booked for a fight).
Then again, the UFC doesn’t have a lot of options right now at heavyweight. Former champ Cain Velasquez is the only man Miocci hasn’t defeated in the top five, outside of Ngannou, and he’s spent much of the last few years battling injuries.