Alistair Overeem is certainly making the most of PED suspension. He may not be able to fight, but it won’t stop him from promoting one. Overeem is confident that he will get licensed and has three words for Junior Dos Santos, “Let’s do it.”
[adinserter block=”2″]Now that Anderson Silva has shut Chael Sonnen up and Josh Koscheck is on the sidelines, Overeem is becoming the “Rowdy” Roddy Piper of MMA. Whether it is by design or sheer luck, Overeem’s recent taunts of Junior Dos Santos have gotten to the UFC heavyweight champion. Dos Santos is so upset with Overeem, he recently asked the UFC to cancel his next fight with Cain Velasquez in favor of Overeem. Overeem’s recent comments will only further enrage the champ.
Overeem was interviewed on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight and continued his verbal assault on JDS. Overeem continued telling the world that the champion is afraid of him and even recounted a recent confrontation the two had a few weeks ago.
“I think he’s afraid to fight me. He was happy that the last fight on May 26 didn’t happen against us. I approached him at the UFC Fighter Summit in Vegas and said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s prove something to the world and lets fight.’ Then he suddenly acted like he didn’t understand English and how he wants to fight Cain first. The fact of the matter is, I’m the number-one heavyweight in the world and if he wants to be the number-one heavyweight, he has to come through me.”
All of these fighting words are bound to turn into big dollars once the Overeem vs. JDS fight is official. There is one problem however, and that is Overeem’s suspension. In order for the UFC to make this fight, the company would have to bank on Overeem getting his license back in December. According to Overeem, that is a guarantee you can take to the bank.
“My manager and I have a good relationship with the (Nevada State Athletic) Commission and we’re taking all steps necessary and following all the rules, and I don’t expect any problems to get my license from the commission when the time comes.”
UFC president Dana White can only blame himself for letting this get out of control. White floated the story to the media that JDS wants to postpone his fight with Cain Velasquez to fight Overeem. The UFC president could have shut this down in a second by telling JDS, “No!” Instead, the UFC are taking Dos Santos’ request under consideration thus turning this whole scenario into an absolute circus.
“First he wants to fight Cain [Velasquez] and now me. Talk all you want. Come into the Octagon. I will immediately say yes. Give me and the fans what they want. But he’s expecting that fight not to happen. I would welcome that fight and want it to happen. I would say yes every time to that fight.”
I think the UFC should roll the dice and make the fight. I am sorry but I think Overeem beating Brock Lesnar as opposed to Cain beating Big Foot Silva gives the former K1 and Strikeforce champion the edge at being number one contender. Both were dominate but Overeem destroyed a former UFC champion while Cain defeated guy who never even fought in the UFC before. Either way both are blockbuster fights as far as I am concerned.
[adinserter block=”1″]”You just have to fight the number one contender,” Velasquez said recently on the MMA Hour. “Then that’s it. That just how I feel about it. As a champion, you just fight whoever is next in line. You don’t get to pick and choose who you fight.”
Knowing that the championship fight is within his grasps, I can’t imagine Overeem shutting up anytime soon. I would expect more talking and more taunting until he gets what he wants or the UFC officially shuts down the fight. Cain Velasquez could learn a thing or two as he refuses to talk trash while instead sitting back and watching the title shot slip away.
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