Dos Santos Opens as Solid Favorite Over Overeem

December 31, 2011
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Following a dominant performance at UFC 141, Alistair Overeem has now earned a shot at heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos.

With 12 wins in a row, Overeem has proven he is one of the most dominant big men in the sport, but how does he match-up with the top ranked fighter in the division?

According to oddsmaker Nick Kalikas from, Overeem’s win may earn him a title shot, but he’s still going to come in as a decided underdog to the reigning UFC heavyweight champion.

The odds opened up with Dos Santos as a -240 favorite, with the comeback on Overeem as a +190 favorite.

“I was very impressed with Overeem’s performance tonight against Brock. I think we might see his domination of Lesnar impact the betting line early so wouldn’t be shocked if we see the initial line drop slightly,” said Kalikas on Friday night.

“As we get closer to fight day I think we might see it climb back up some. Should be a great fight, but make no mistake JDS is the rightful solid favorite heading in. I firmly believe he’s currently the best heavyweight in the world.”

Dos Santos has been perfect since coming to the UFC holding an unblemished 8-0 record, and he’ll now face one of the best strikers and heavyweights in the entire sport in Alistair Overeem with the heavyweight title on the line.

  • Mario

    JDS vs Overeem is going to be SIIIIIIIICK! 🙂

    Cannot wait for this one!

  • I like JDS in this fight because of his speed and fearlessness. Will be interesting to see if the surgery, layoff and extra scrutiny / pressure that comes with being the champ will have any affect on him. It will also be interesting to see how Overeem’s size will factor in. Will Alistair be able to bully Dos Santos like he has other opponents. Should be a good fight.

  • clizzark

    Time to bet the farm on Overeem.

  • shakejunt

    wonder if the striker vs striker match-up results in more of a grind/scramble match?