A victorious Lewis, before the bout against Oleinik, named some fighters he’d like to battle in the future and one of them was Alistair Overeem, whom Lewis accused of turning down a chance for them to fight at least three times now.
“I already fought just about everybody in the Top 10,” Lewis said during a media scrum (via Jesse Holland of MMA Mania). “The only guys I haven’t fought are Overeem and [Blaydes]. I’ve been asking to fight Curtis and Overeem. Overeem turned me down like three times in this past month before Oleinik popped up.”
Overeem, who faces Augusto Sakai on September 5 in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai, took to Twitter to deny turning down fights with Lewis, whom Overeem called an “easy paycheck.”
Why would I turn you down ? (Easy paycheck --) https://t.co/SSqOl02n0z— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) August 7, 2020
If Overeem manages to get past Sakai next month, it could finally lead to a bout against the higher ranked Lewis.