Alistair Overeem is eager to face Fabricio Werdum in a UFC heavyweight title fight as they have “unsettled business”.
Overeem won his fourth consecutive fight when he knocked out former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the second round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 87 in the Netherlands on Sunday.
The Dutch fighter now wants to get his hands on Werdum as the pair have met twice in the past. The first time they faced off was at Pride Total Elimination Absolute in May 2006 where Werdum won via submission in the second round. They crossed paths again during the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in June 2011 and Overeem emerged victorious via unanimous decision.
“I do have some unsettled business with Werdum, we’re one and one, even though I beat him the last time,” Overeem told ufc.com
While the 35-year-old is intent on fighting Werdum for the heavyweight title, he knows that he may not have the chance as Werdum will put his title on the line against Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 on Saturday. Whatever the outcome, Overeem has made it clear that he wants to fight the champion.
“I think as a champion you need to be willing to fight everybody. I have that mentality, may the best man win,” he said. “Both prove interesting challenges. They’re different, but may the best man win. I’ll be ready for whatever.”