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Alistair Overeem to receive title-shot in 2013

When UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem finally makes his return to the Octagon it will have been more than a year since the devastating Dutchman last fought. Regardless of the extended break, it looks like Overeem will still receive a crack at the divisional championship as he would have months ago prior to showing an elevated T:E ratio in a drug test later confirmed to have been brought on by testosterone use.

According to UFC President Dana White, “The Demolition Man” will face the winner of a December duel between heavyweight king Junior dos Santos and former title-holder Cain Velasquez in a bout being targeted for March/April 2013. White’s comments came in a conversation with media members after the UFC 153 press conference had concluded (captured on video by MMAFighting).

Overeem has emerged with his hand raised in eleven consecutive clashes including wins over Brett Rogers, Brock Lesnar, and Fabricio Werdum. He holds an overall record of 36-11 with 34 stoppages to his credit.

Dos Santos-Velasquez are scheduled to face off on December 29 at UFC 155.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Agree or not, there aren’t alot of marketable contenders at the top of the HW division.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Correct. Aside from DC, who needs to establish himself in the UFC rankings, there really isn’t anyone else anyway.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Gonna be a great fight and hopfully we ll see him fight cain an jds next year.

  • MCM says:

    Struve, Bigfoot, Winner of Carwin/Nelson, even Stipe and Del Rosario are only 1-2 wins away from earning title shots. But yeah, outside of D.C. there really isn’t anyone but Overeem at this point.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I have to disagree about Stipe and Del Rosario, neither looked very good in their last fights and don’t have a huge fanbase. Bigfoot is 2 fights, at least, away; depending on whether or not Cain beats JDS.

  • MCM says:

    It’s more a comment about how thin the HW division is than how great Del Rosario and Stipe are. If S.D.R. takes out Big Nog and say Frank Mir in his next two fights, don’t you think people would be clamoring for him to get a title shot?
    Bigfoot would be on a 3 fight win streak if he wins 2 more, which is more than enough for a title shot in the UFC HW division *cough, Cain, cough*. Sad truth is most HW’s are only 2 or so wins away from being in title contention.

    The only other HW that should get a title shot right now is Werdum (imo). I still think he beat Overeem, but I don’t think the UFC wants JDS’s first few title defenses to be rematches. I think Cain only got one because Overeem was out.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I can’t disagree on your general logic. Hell, if Nelson beats Carwin (provided their fight is not scrapped) then he may be in contention.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Reem has just a single win under the UFC banner, he jeopardized the main event of a PPV card in May, he’s gonna finish 2012 without having fought at all, and plus the rest of the stigma that comes with a failed PED test.

    So this is yet another maneuver that opens up the UFC to questions about the fairness & legitimacy of how it puts together fights, particularly when championship belts are involved.

    But I can look past all that and say I’m glad this is the plan. You guys already highlighted the fact there isn’t much else out there in terms of compelling HW contenders. So we’ll get to see who’s left standing after the “Big 3” square off, and in the meantime Werdum should fight Struve to determine the next #1 contender. Then if DC can ever get a fight, he might not too far off either.


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