Former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (16-2) had previously voiced his desire to fight Strikeforce and K-1 Grand Prix champion Alistair Overeem (36-12 1NC).
For the last couple of years, there had been verbal jabs between the champions that would lead to a match up at UFC 160, which was scrapped after Overeem pulled out of a fight after he sustained an injury. Now it seems dos Santos has had a change of heart when it comes to fighting Overeem. According to an interview with Fighters Only magazine, Overeem said he no longer wished to fight the Strikeforce champion, but he would fight anyone the UFC put before him.
With his rematch against Cain Velasquez (12-1) for the UFC heavyweight belt happening in the fall, it may be a while before Overeem can get a match with dos Santos, or even an opponent in the UFC’s top 5 rankings. Still, the former UFC champion should reconsider his stance when it comes to fighting the Strikeforce champion.
Similar to his fight with Mark Hunt (9-8), a fight between dos Santos and Overeem would be a good stand-up fight between two of MMA’s best strikers. While both dos Santos and Overeem have great hands, “The Reem’s” submission skills would be a good test for dos Santos’ Brazilian jiu-jitsu background.
At the very least dos Santos should fight Overeem in hopes of preventing any further trash talking from the K-1 champion.
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