Alastair Overeem believes that he is within touching distance of receiving a heavyweight title shot after he knocked out Junior dos Santos in the second round at UFC on Fox 17 on Saturday.
Overeem is about to enter his contract negotiation period and the 35-year-old is brimming with confidence that he can dethrone Fabricio Werdum as the UFC heavyweight champion should he get the opportunity to face the 38-year-old Brazilian.
"I do think that a title shot is there," Overeem told reporters. "I'm very confident with the team and the people I have around me, that I can pull that off. Let's negotiate and see what happens.
"I'm going to continue and I'm going to go back into camp in January and do whatever's next."
Overeem conceded that he was delighted to have defeated Dos Santos, who is a former heavyweight champion, and added that he cannot wait to see what the future has in store for him.
"My focus was on this big fight. My entire focus was on it," Overeem said. "My entire focus is on training and preparing and in that, I just do 100 percent that and nothing else.
"So this is a new reality. So I'm going to have to look at it and what's going on, and I'm absolutely looking forward to it."