With it looking like UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem’s chances are slim to none in terms of being available to fight before the end of 2012 while his issues with licensing play out, there’s little doubt divisional champion Junior dos Santos will putting his belt on the line against Cain Velasquez the next time he sets foot inside the Octagon. However, “Cigano” still has his mind on Overeem to a certain extent based on the Dutchman’s recent attempt to worm his way into the top spot by talking trash.
Though there was a time Dos Santos stated he preferred to be paired with Overeem to settle the matter, he recently made it clear his stance wasn’t based on feeling as though “The Demolition Man” was worthy of the opportunity but rather because he wanted to put him in his place.
“I knew Velasquez was the contender, but if UFC wanted me to fight Overeem, I’d gladly shut him up. I’m tired of these guys who think they’re so big, so strong, so bad and that people will get frightened by them. There’s no such thing anymore. We’re athletes and the winner will be the one who trains the most,” explained Dos Santos in an interview with TATAME, joking that Overeem was taking his professional cues from polarizing light heavyweight Chael Sonnen.
“Cain deserves it and that’s why we’re fighting,” Dos Santos concluded, though not before offering up a stern warning as well. “Overeem deserves a beating and I’m going to arrange that.”
Dos Santos and Velasquez are expected to face off on December 29 at UFC 155. The two fought once before in November 2011 where JDS knocked the former champion out in 64 seconds.
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