Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, is currently getting ready for his UFC 155 title defense against Cain Velasquez, but the Brazilian still has his eyes set on Alistair Overeem.
Both men have traded verbal jabs ever since Overeem was pulled out his UFC 146 bout against dos Santos, after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels. Dos Santos is obviously getting tired of the trash talk, and he’s ready to put his hands on “The Reem.”
“I’d gladly shut him [Overeem] up because he’s been saying a lot of crap, he’s been learning from Chael Sonnen,” dos Santos explained during an interview with Tatame.com. “I’m tired of these guys who think they’re so big, so strong, so bad and that people will get frightened by them because they look bad. … I really told Dana White I’d love to fight Overeem. Beating Overeem, actually that’s what’s going to happen when this bout actually happens. It would be a pleasure. … Overeem deserves a beating and I’m going to arrange that.”
Given the fact Junior dos Santos only needed 64 seconds to take care of Velasquez at “UFC on Fox,” he’ll obviously be a huge favorite going into his Dec.29 clash against the latter. However, Velasquez was impressive during his last outing against Antonio Silva, and it wouldn’t be wise to count him out in his rematch against “Cigano.”
If things go well for dos Santos during his UFC 155 bout against Velasquez, it’s virtually guaranteed Overeem will be his next opponent.
Overeem is currently serving a nine-month suspension for his failed drug test, but he should be back in early 2013. If he does get the next shot at dos Santos after Velasquez, he’ll certainly be the toughest opponent the Brazilian has ever faced.
A dos Santos vs. Overeem fight will arguably be the biggest fight in the history of the UFC’s heavyweight division, and I for one can’t wait to see the two best strikers in the division duke it out.
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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.