It appears as if UFC heavyweights Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem are playing the role of matchmaker with their respective careers.
During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Overeem stated that he would like to return to the Octagon against either Mark Hunt or Barnett. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion, is coming off a recent victory over Frank Mir that snapped a two-fight losing skid.
“I believe Josh is ranked one place better than me,” Overeem said. “I also think the fight with Josh would be nice considering his long Japanese history, as well as mine.”
Both fighters were entered in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but Overeem was removed after contract issues. Barnett went on to fall to Daniel Cormier in the finals after Cormier stepped in for Overeem.
Barnett, himself coming off a knockout loss to Travis Browne, was asked about the potential fight on Twitter and replied with “Sweet.” Both fighters hold wins over Mir, a former UFC champion, and losses to Browne – who is currently locked in a No. 1 contender fight with Fabricio Werdum.
— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) March 28, 2014