If Francis Ngannou wants a shot at the UFC heavyweight title, he might have to go through Alistair Overeem first.
The former title contender took to Twitter on Thursday to send a message to the fearsome Frenchman after he recently called for his next fight to take place against current champ Stipe Miocic.
Ngannou was originally scheduled to compete at this weekend’s UFC 215 card but he lost his opponent when former champion Junior Dos Santos was pulled after being provisionally suspended due to a potential doping violation with USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).
Now Overeem is trying to provide a major speed bump to Ngnannou’s path to the title after calling him out for a fight.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) September 7, 2017
It didn’t take long for “The Predator” to respond as he fired back at Overeem on Twitter as well.
Keep talking shit and I will snap your with my punch
The UFC hasn’t commented yet on what comes next for either fighter, but it certainly seems like a great No. 1 contender’s fight for the heavyweight title. Overeem has won back-to-back fights against Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum since falling to Miocic last year.
Meanwhile, Ngannou is undefeated in the UFC with a perfect 5-0 record, finishing every opponent he’s faced thus far including a win over former champion Andrei Arlovski in his most recent bout.