"I never made the fight between us personal and I never bad mouthed him, the only thing I said was that I think he's afraid of me which I think he still is, ha-ha," Overeem said. "When I signed with the UFC, I could have easily gone for the title shot right away, but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar. So in no means I'm talking myself into a title shot. If the UFC wants me to fight for the title, I'm available. And if they decide to let me fight someone else first, I'm also fine with that. I'm a fighter, and I will get my chance sooner or later."
Dos Santos cited the fact Alistair Overeem was pulled out of their scheduled UFC 146 bout due to a failed pre-fight drug test as the main reason he doesn't think the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion deserves an automatic title shot, when he becomes eligible to reapply for an MMA license in Nevada.
While I do get where Junior is coming from, I don't have any problems with the UFC's decision to give "The Reem" a title shot when he returns. Overeem has accomplished a lot in other promotions, and the mystique surrounding him guarantees that a fight against dos Santos or Velasquez would be a huge hit for the promotion.
Alistair Overeem isn't concerned about when he gets to fight for the belt, indicating he would rather fight someone else if the winner of the dos Santos vs. Velasquez bout isn't ready to go early next year. Antonio "Big Foot" Silva recently challenged Alistair to a fight, and "The Reem" wouldn't mind granting him his wish.
"Well if he said that, then that's great news as I'm open to fight whoever the UFC gives me," Overeem said in response to Silva's challenge. "Bigfoot is a good fighter and we were supposed to fight each other in the Strikeforce tournament anyway so it's like unfinished business."
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.