Alistair Overeem is coming off of a second win over Mark Hunt at UFC 209.
With the victory in the rematch behind him, Overeem now wants to focus his attention on another pair of heavyweights.
“I like to test myself,” Overeem told MMA Junkie. “I believe every opponent makes me better. He mentioend 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. That’s No. 1. And No. 2, of course, Francis is there – if that’s going to happen, that’s great. But I’m also going to be looking for that other fight, the championship fight, ‘JDS’ vs. Stipe. I loved their first fight. It was back and forth, and a very tough fight for both. But if ‘JDS’ would win that one, I could see a rematch there, too – me and ‘JDS.'”
Overeem defeated Junior Dos Santos before by knockout at UFC On Fox 17. The Dutch fighter is nearing the age of 40 and despite getting up there in years, doesn’t feel like its time to be written off.
“People are always writing me off,” he said. “What can I say? Maybe it has to do with the longevity of my career – it’s been 24 years of training and competing. But I just love fighting. I love the UFC, and the UFC is truly the best promotion I’ve ever fought for, and I’ve been doing this for year. They’re doing a great job of promoting us, the sport, worldwide in a proper way. And I’m very happy to be a part of it.”
It has been only seven months since Overeem failed in his bid to capture the UFC Heavyweight Title at UFC 203.
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