Alistair Overeem and Francis Ngannou both scored first-round stoppages at UFC Fight Night 141 in Bejing, China. Overeem is now ready for another match with Ngannou.
Both fighters ended two-fight losing streaks with dominant performances that had fans buzzing. Ngannou made quick work of the surging Curtis Blaydes in the main event. He had a lot of fans questioning his ability after two lackluster performances but erased all doubt when he disposed of Blaydes in 30 seconds and immediately became the talk of the heavyweight division again.
Overeem scored his own TKO victory in the co-main event when he took out Sergey Pavlovich with some vicious ground and pound in the first round. The Reem looked great in the fight and now wants another crack at Ngannou.
Ngannou and Overeem fought in December of 2017 in a fight that had fans buzzing because of the brutal knockout that Overeem suffered. The vicious KO earned Ngannou a title shot against then-champion Stipe Miocic, but he came up short dropping a unanimous decision. With both men delivering some fantastic finishes at UFC Fight Night 141, Overeem thinks it is time for them to dance once again.
Overeem Is Ready For A Rematch
“I have a lot of respect for Francis Ngannou, but yes I’m very ready for a second fight with him,” said Overeem. “I can promise you the second fight will be different from the first fight. I made changes to my camp and I feel very energized, very motivated. The second fight will be different from the first fight, I guarantee that.”
For those that never witnessed the first knockout between the two fighters from UFC UFC 218, it was a highlight reel KO. The image of Overeem falling backward spurred several memes, and the KO itself end up on top of many KO of the year lists. With the heavyweight division being rather light as far as depth is concerned a rematch would make sense.
If the two were to rematch again then the winner would be next in line for a title shot. Overeem like Ngannou came up short in his bid for UFC gold against Stipe Miocic. He lost by TKO in the first round. The winner of this potential bout could leapfrog the division to get a crack at current champion Daniel Cormier or a vacant title should he retire.
The Brutal KO From Their First Fight
Another possibility depending on how soon the rematch can happen would be that the winner earns a rematch with Miocic. The former champion has not fought since he lost his title to Daniel Cormier earlier this year.
If Ngannou vs. Overeem 2 happens is anyone’s guess, but fans probably wouldn’t mind if it did. It would be as close to a guarantee as you can get going into a fight. Both hit like trucks and if they come and fight as fans expect them to then someone will be going to sleep.