If you’re not excited about Junior dos Santos’ upcoming title-defense against freshly victorious top contender Alistair Overeem, you should be, as the belt-wearing Brazilian himself even admits a highly-entertaining affair is in store for fans when the two face off in 2012. “Cigano” weighed in on the upcoming clash shortly after Overeem liver-kicked Brock Lesnar into retirement this past Friday night at UFC 141, saying the kickboxer vs. boxer dynamic of the pairing should be particularly enjoyable for MMA enthusiasts.
“It’s going to be really, really good for the fans. Because he’s a striker, I’m a striker…it’s going to be a stand-up battle,” said Dos Santos in a conversation with USA Today.
Overeem has finished 34 of the 36 opponents he’s beaten while the 27-year old champ has done the same in twelve of fourteen wins. Adding to the intrigue, Dos Santos has won his last nine fights in comparison to Overeem’s eleven straight.
As far as Overeem’s performance against Lesnar, the humble heavyweight appeared impressed though was confused by Lesnar’s tentative approach to grappling.
“Brock seemed a little bit anxious to throw punches and kicks. That surprised me, because I thought he should have taken Alistair down and kept the fight on the ground,” explained Dos Santos.
No date is set for Overeem-Dos Santos though late spring-early summer is a realistic period for the clash to occur in. Dos Santos has expressed interest in the past in headlining a Brazilian card, and with the UFC having designs on a potential soccer stadium show in May he very well could get his wish.
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