Having scored consecutive wins over Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson, Alistair Overeem evidently has his sites set on former heavyweight champ, Junior dos Santos.
Yes, veteran fans will recall, JDS and “The Reem” were supposed to fight back in 2012, but Overeem tested for elevated levels of testosterone and the bout was punted. Then, the UFC wanted to rebook the fight in 2013, but Overeem injured his ribs and the fight never materialized.
Well, recently Overeem spoke with ABS CBN News, and when he was asked about who he’d like to fight next, here is some of what the Dutch heavyweight had to say:
“The personal choice, if I’m honest, is Junior Dos Santos,” Overeem said.
“He’s not booked for a fight, I’m not booked for a fight. I will probably hear about this in the next two weeks, but logic suggests he’s the next opponent,”
“JDS is the gate-keeper,” Overeem added. “That’s what everybody knows.”
There you have it. Now, “Cigano’s” camp and his fans may not care to have the former champ characterized as a “gate keeper”, but Overeem is right in that the fight makes sense. JDS is coming off a tightly contested, decision win over Stipe Miocic, and remains the promotion’s #2 ranked heavyweight. The only other fighter who isn’t currently booked for a bout, who’s ranked above the #8 positioned Overeem, is Josh Barnett.
JDS-Overeem would also move a ton of tickets and then some. Not only are both men big name fighters, but it’s a match-up that could produce some pretty memorable exchanges (and chances are, a violenet stoppage).
Prior to facing Miocic, dos Santos was stopped in the fifth round by Cain Velasquez at UFC 166, which took place in October, 2013. With the win, Velasquez retained the heavyweight title and took their rubber match series.