Rising heavyweight star Francis Ngannou has challenged Alistair Overeem to a short-notice fight at UFC 215 in Canada on September 9th.
Ngannou is currently without an opponent following the news that Junior dos Santos has been removed from the event after failing a pre-fight USADA drug test, and it seems he’s eager to line-up another high-profile fighter as his replacement.
“[Alistair Overeem] been mentioning my name everywhere,” Ngannou wrote on Twitter. “I’m now open and free for you guy. Let’s do this at [UFC 215].”
Just a few months ago Overeem was asked if he would be interested in a fight with Ngannou.
“I like to test myself,” Overeem stated at the time. “I believe every opponent makes me better. He mentioned my name, and I was open to the idea. ‘Hey, somebody wants to fight me.’ I never back down from (anybody) who wants to fight me.”
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether he’d be willing to fight him on just three weeks notice.
Ngannou has emerged as one of the most fearsome new forces in some time at heavyweight, with the heavyweight currently weilding a 10-1 career record, including five victories in a row inside the UFC’s Octagon.
All of his wins so far have come inside the distance and he notched up the biggest victory of his career last time out when he TKO’d Andrei Arlovski back in January, leaving him ranked No.4 in the division.
As for Overeem, he’s currently the No.1 ranked contender in the division following back-to-back victories over Mark Hunt and former champion Fabricio Werdum, and as such he’s in a good position to either angle for another title shot, or demand that he gets a full training camp before facing a dangerous contender like Ngannou.