UFC 218 just got a heavyweight fight of massive proportions.
After a back and forth on social media, Alistair Overeem will take on Francis "The Predator" Ngannou at UFC 218 on December 2nd. The UFC confirmed the fight via Twitter just moments ago.
BREAKING: We have HW action in the Motor City! @AlistairOvereem takes on @Francis_Ngannou at #UFC218 in Detroit Dec. 2!— UFC (@ufc) September 27, 2017
↔️ 10/13 pic.twitter.com/qadXzBsA33
Ngannou was originally set to return to action at UFC 215, but was pulled from the card after his opponent Junior Dos Santos was hit with a USADA doping violation. Not content to just ask for any replacement opponent, Ngannou went ahead and called out champion Stipe Miocic.
But with the champ still in a pay dispute with the UFC, it was Overeem who responded with a display of unique artistic skills.
I heard someone is trying to skip the line. Can’t allow such a thing to happen. So @francis_ngannou let’s go! @ufc pic.twitter.com/hwLBhdtMfk— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) September 7, 2017
As we've learned over the past, the UFC seems to love it when fighters call each other out, whether it's in the cage during a victory interview or over social media. And now a fight has been set for UFC 218, which will be going down at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
Ngannou is 10-1 with all victories via stoppage and his sole defeat coming near the very start of his career. In January he took his first champion caliber scalp in the form of Andrei Arlovski, who he knocked out at 1:32 of the first round. Now he'll be facing an even greater challenge in Alistair Overeem, whose only loss over the past two years was at the hands of champ Miocic.
If things move in the right direction for Detroit, they could get:— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 27, 2017
UFC 218 will also reportedly feature the TUF 26 coaches battle between Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje. No main event has been designated for the event yet, which means we've only got more to look forward to.