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Alistair Overeem calls for Francis Ngannou rematch — ‘The second fight will be different’

UFC 218: Overeem v Ngannou Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Alistair Overeem, doesn’t like being used in Francis Ngannou’s highlight reel, which replays the decapitation “Predator” scored in their UFC 218 showdown roughly one year back.

And now that “Demolition Man” is back in the win column, courtesy of last weekend’s drubbing over Octagon rookie, Sergey Pavlovich, Overeem (44-17, 1 NC) is ready to run it back with the Cameroonian power puncher.

“I have a lot of respect for Francis Ngannou, but yes, I’m very ready for a second fight with him,” Overeem said after UFC Beijing (via “I made changes to my camp, I feel very energized, very motivated. The second fight will be different from the first fight, I guarantee that.”

Ngannou, like Overeem, came into UFC Beijing mired in a two-fight slump, having been tooled by Stipe Miocic before laying an egg against Derrick Lewis. And, also like “The Reem,” the oft-berated “egomaniac” returned to form by blasting his way to victory.

I’m not sure what the 12-3 “Predator” has to gain by running it back with Overeem, but there’s something of a log jam at 265 pounds with reigning champion, Daniel Cormier, cashing his retirement check against Brock Lesnar.

Perhaps the winner of this fight would be more appropriate?

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