Decades after Rumble in the Jungle, legendary pugilist George Foreman has set his sights on another marquee opponent: Steven Seagal.
It’s not exactly clear why — and frankly, it doesn’t really matter why — but apparently the two-time heavyweight world champ wants to get back in the ring for one last time. Preferably in Vegas. And preferably fighting Steven Seagal.
Observe the announcement in all of its glory on Twitter:
Steven Seagal, I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas pic.twitter.com/tTy7Qo4zHF— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 2, 2017
If you're thinking "geriatric Mayweather vs. McGregor," you wouldn't be wrong. Foreman followed the open-call challenge by saying he’d slip on boxing gloves but Seagal was allowed to fight however he saw fit, as long as left the weapons at home. Then, he fielded questions.
Someone asked: "I'm hearing that George Foreman has challenged Steven Seagal to a fight in Vegas. Please confirm?."
This true!— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
I'm fighting just once more; no weapons just Hand to hand I use boxing he is free to use whatever https://t.co/JmIxgEAKIV
Another asked: "Why Steven Seagal?"
He really can fight https://t.co/IBGjV7lgnV— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
Twitter was seriously curious about Foreman's choice of opponent: "Why have you chosen Steven Seagal of all people?"
He is a true fight and big enough. To defend himself https://t.co/e8zUPgyAhb— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
And why he didn't challenge, say, Jean Claude Van Damme: "Why just Steven Seagal? Why not Jean Claude Van Damme too? At the same time?"
Van Damme, I’m too big to make that happen https://t.co/e2eXN9f33g— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
People were also afraid of Seagal's skills in the ring: "He knows karate. What if he spin kicked you in the head & it flew off, & a person in the crowd ran off with it? What then George?"
Take my body to the person offer to sign their ticket for my head back, get my Jab working and win https://t.co/i9bFrT9Huu— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
And if you thought it couldn't get any better, '90s heartthrob Freddie Prinze Jr. got involved: "Over a dozen old school martial artists challenged Segal repeatedly. He ducked them all. That’s his best technique. Hiding."
He is ready this time! He'll be paid https://t.co/lNgB9gYvk3— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
Freddie: "You’ll smash him in less than 60 seconds, Champ. Only Ali and my dad can touch your granite chin!!!"
That’s true your dad laid on me once ( your dad ) cool https://t.co/1WpNkAr3x7— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
After all of that jawing, "Seagal" himself actually responded ...
Sign the contract and let's do it George !— Steven Seagal (@SenseiSteven) October 3, 2017
Nothing but respect for you George but it's Vs. ! May the best man win !— Steven Seagal (@SenseiSteven) October 3, 2017
And George got excited ...
It's on everyone! https://t.co/GxbijQ9utG— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) October 3, 2017
... but he should've been looking for the blue check mark.
Lmao thats a fake account— Turtle (@King_T_Jones) October 3, 2017
So what would happen if Foreman fought the Glimmer Man? Who knows. But we’d pay to see it.