Rising heavyweight star Fancis Ngannou will take another step towards a UFC title shot when he faces Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 on December 2nd in Detroit, Michigan. Ngannou announced the fight with Overeem on the UFC’s Facebook page.
Alistair Overeem is currently riding a two fight win streak with his most recent victory being a unanimous decision this past July over former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. Prior to that Overeem knocked out Mark Hunt, and his only blemish since 2014 has been the loss to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
Overeeem jumped on his Twitter to call out Ngannou earlier this month.
“I heard someone is trying to skip the line. Can’t allow such a thing to happen. So
@francis_ngannou let’s go! @ufc”
I heard someone is trying to skip the line. Can’t allow such a thing to happen. So @francis_ngannou let’s go! @ufc pic.twitter.com/hwLBhdtMfk
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) September 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Francis Ngannou has been making short work of his UFC opposition, and has positioned himself as one of the promotions top heavyweights in his short career. Ngannou wants his shot at the UFC heavyweight title, but has been saying that he’d fight Overeem as well if a title shot wasn’t an option.
“After JDS was pulled from the card, all of the top-10, almost the top-15 was booked. The only one available was (Alistair) Overeem and he (decided to take some time off),” Ngannou said on The MMA Hour earlier this month.. “But if he’s open for some event in December or November, I don’t know, I’m thinking of everyone.
“I’m thinking they can even give me Stipe right now, I want Stipe, I want to go for the belt, and after that, I can beat all these guys who will become contenders. But I take Stipe first. Since January I don’t have a fight, so we need to go forward, I deserve Stipe, I want Stipe. It’s not Stipe or nothing, but I deserve Stipe. I want Stipe,” Ngannou said. “That’s my choice. And if they say, ‘No, you cannot have Stipe,’ then yes, I now have nothing to do, I’ll just do my best. But I want Stipe.”