For a time there was nothing more UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos wanted than a showdown with heavy-handed Dutchman Alistair Overeem and he nearly got his wish. The rivals were scheduled to tussle on two occasions with both unfortunately falling apart due to issues on Overeem’s side. Though Dos Santos is currently tied up as top contender, and Overeem is battling Travis Browne in August, it still seems likely the two should end up meeting at some point down the road. However, if the match-up never materializes, don’t expect Dos Santos to lose any sleep over it.
“I no longer feel the wish to face him but I’ll fight whomever the UFC puts in front of me. I will train aiming that guy and to be very well prepared to win,” said Dos Santos during a discussion with Fighters Only Magazine.
“It’s not that he is bad. He is an excellent fighter and he has great accomplishments in his career,” he concluded on his change of heart, simply stating friend Antonio Silva had taught Overeem an adequate lesson about trash-talking in a February fight with “The Demolition Man”.
The 16-2 Dos Santos will be looking to build on his scintillating stoppage of Mark Hunt at UFC 160 when he collides with champion Cain Velasquez this fall. Meanwhile, Overeem is out for his first win since December 2011 after serving a suspension for testosterone use and suffering an injury shortly thereafter.