According to Alistair Overeem, his first fight in 2018 will be for the UFC heavyweight title.
A fight between Overeem and Francis Ngannou was recently booked for the co-main event slot of UFC 218 in Detroit on December 2nd.
When asked by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani earlier today on his weekly MMAHour program if a win over Ngannou would earn him another crack at UFC gold, Overeem simply replied, “Yes”.
Overeem came up short last year after scoring a knockdown on current UFC heavyweight king Stipe Miocic early in the first round of their UFC 203 heavyweight championship bout in Cleveland. The champion would recover and pound out Overeem from top position to send his hometown crowd into a frenzy, putting an end to what was arguably the most exciting round in 2016.
Since that bout, Overeem has KO’d Mark Hunt and beaten former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski via majority decision. He’ll have his hands full with Ngannou, who holds a perfect record of 5-0 with 5 finishes since joining the UFC.
Overeem also told Helwani that he only has a couple of years left in his illustrious and lengthy combat sports career. The former kickboxer and multi promotion mixed martial arts champion has over 70 career professional fights combined in both sports.