Alistair Overeem believes he deserves a heavyweight title fight should he triumph over Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 87 on Sunday.
While Overeem is currently on a three-fight winning streak, he is wary of the challenge ahead of him as Arlovski is a former UFC heavyweight champion.
Arlovski lost his last fight against Stipe Miocic via TKO in just 54 seconds, but despite that, Overeem has made it clear that he will not let his guard down when he steps into the Octagon with the 37-year-old.
“I expect to get a title shot after I beat Andrei [on] Sunday,” he told reporters. But let’s not get ahead of it. He’s going to want to knock my head off. It’s my job to stay sharp and focused. But if I win, I expect to get that title shot in November.”
Meanwhile, Arlovski has claimed that Overeem was desperate to fight him at UFC Fight Night 87, but the 35-year-old insisted that he had no choice on who he faced and was only asked if he wanted to compete at the event.
“He keeps going on about this. I was not given a choice,” he said.
“Lorenzo texted me that they wanted me to headline this fight in Rotterdam. They wanted me to fight Arlovski. I said I was fine with it. He’s not my buddy. We don’t even train together. I don’t have a problem with it.”