Alistair Overeem won’t be calling out boxing champ Anthony Joshua
Many UFC fighters started to call out champion boxers since Conor McGregor set up a fight with Floyd Mayweather. But count out Alistair Overeem.
“I don’t shy away from challenges,” Overeem told MMAjunkie backstage at UFC Fight Night 113. “Does Anthony Joshua shy away from challenges? I don’t know. He could come into the UFC – that would be great.
“Personally, I’m not looking for new challenges. I already had all that. My challenge is the UFC championship.”
The 37-year-old veteran said his McGregor moment came eight years ago. When his Japanese promoter made a last-minute switch, offering him a kickboxing fight with decorated striker Badr Hari instead of a scheduled rematch against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Overeem rolled with it. That started his kickboxing career, which led to his appearance in the 2009 K-1 Grand Prix and his win in the 2010 competition.
“I never had the intention of doing it, but I kind of liked it,” Overeem said. “It was a great experience, and it all came by accident. But I liked it, and I believed in myself. I went for it, and I got my K-1 title.”
UFC President Dana White wasn’t thrilled by his win over Werdum, and up-and-comer Francis Ngannou looks like a lock for a title shot if he can beat ex-champ Junior Dos Santos.
“What he does not have going for him is he hasn’t faced any top-quality opponents,” Overeem said of Ngannou. “When (Dos Santos beats Ngannou), nothing stands in the way of my title shot.”
However, since McGregor started circling Mayweather, UFC heavyweight champ Miocic has repeatedly called out boxing champ Joshua.