The heat between UFC heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos went up a few degrees this week when “The Demolition Man” addressed Dos Santos’ alleged interest in facing him this December as opposed to Cain Velasquez. Rather than take the Brazilian champion’s statements at face value, Overeem thinks Dos Santos’ words were empty based on an encounter the two had last month at the UFC Fighter Summit.
“I think he’s talking a lot because he’s expecting that fight not to happen anyways,” explained Overeem on UFC Tonight. “I think he’s afraid of me. I think he was happy that the last fight on May 26 didn’t happen. I met him at the UFC Fighter Summit in Vegas when (Anderson) Silva fought (Chael) Sonnen and I approached him. And I said, ‘Okay, let’s do it. Let’s both prove something to the world and let’s fight.’ He suddenly acted as if he didn’t understand English and didn’t know what I was talking about and blah blah blah and afterwards I hear about how he wants to fight Cain first. Well I’m still here. I wanna fight you.”
“The fact of the matter is, I’m the number-one heavyweight in the world and if he wants to be the number-one he’s gonna have to go through me. He’s gonna have to fight me,” Overeem continued before addressing Dos Santos directly. “Junior, give me and give the fans and give the UFC what they want. Everybody wants to see this fight. You can fight Cain again. You’ve already beat him once. That would just be a win. But a win over me, then you can legitimately call yourself #1. Without that win over me, people will always question your championship. So bring it to the table, my friend.”
Overeem is currently unavailable for competition until December 27 due to having failed a drug screening before a May match-up with Dos Santos stemming from testosterone use. He has been undergoing random testing since in hopes of lessening the sentence.
The UFC has a card scheduled for December 29 where it is believed Dos Santos’ next title-defense will take place whether against Velasquez or Overeem.
Check out the complete interview with Overeem below:
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