Earlier this week, it was announced that former Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem will be taking on surging French contender Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 this December 2nd in Detroit. While this fight is surely dominating Overeem’s focus at present, he recently took to Instagram to respond to some comments from another prospective opponent in GLORY kickboxing heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven.
“HAHAHAH RICO (THE COMEDIAN) BACK AT IT,” OVEREEM SAID IN HIS POST. “FIRST SAYING WHO’S ALISTAIR AND THEN A SECOND LATER CALLING ME OUT FOR A KICKBOXING MATCH. WE BOTH KNOW THAT I FIGHT IN THE ‘KING-TIGER LEAGUE OF REAL COMBAT SPORTS’ SO ANYBODY WANTING THAT FAME, MONEY – AND REAL GLORY – COME TO THE UFC. I’LL BE HAPPY TO WELCOME ANYBODY TO THE BIG BOY LEAGUE. IF NOT STAY AT (LITTLE) GLORY AND KEEP ON FIGHTING IN EMPTY VENUES UNTIL BADR HARI IS BACK.
Alistair Overeem will enter his battle with Francis Ngannou on a two-fight streak, having rebounded from a losing effort against reigning UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic with a thunderous KO of Mark Hunt, and a close decision win over Fabricio Werdum. Ngannou, meanwhile, will enter the fight with a solid 10-1 record, highlighted by wins over Curtis Blaydes, Anthony Hamilton and Andrei Arlovski.
This article first appeared onBJPenn.comon 10/1/2017.