Former roommate Alistair Overeem has sent his best wishes to the highly ranked light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir as he prepares step foot into the Octagon against the number 1 ranked light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson.
Earlier scheduled to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua later this month at UFC Fight Night 134, Oezdemir was brought in after no suitable match was found for Gustafsson.
Oezdemir and Overeem go way back in time when the former was just 19 years old and newly moved to Netherlands with the assistance of Golden Glory Gym. Oezdemir was fortunate enough to have the-then famous kickboxer Overeem as his roommate and credits him for learning a lot from him.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) July 5, 2018
The fight will mark Oezdemir’s return to competition following his failed light heavyweight title bid against champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 220. After starting his UFC career with three quick wins, the Swiss fighter suffered a second-round TKO in his first title-fight opportunity.
Gustafsson will also be continuing his resurgence since losing a title bout to Cormier at UFC 192 in October 2015. “The Mauler” has won his past two, including a fifth-round knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109 in May 2017.