There has not been a press release, poster, or press conference to announce the UFC heavyweight championship bout between titleholder Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez, but as far as the challenger is concerned it is a done deal.
Ever since Velasquez defeated Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 146 and dos Santos defended his belt against Frank Mir, the two have been expected to fight a rematch of their November 2011 bout.
There was some questioning of that when a war of words between dos Santos and Alistair Overeem escalated, especially since they were the two originally slated to headline UFC 146. Overeem, however, is currently sitting out until the end of the year on a de facto suspension in relation to a surprise drug test earlier this year.
Does dos Santos want to fight Overeem? Yes. But is that going to happen? No. At least, not before he rematches Velasquez.
“I think he would want to fight (Overeem) more, just because of the words (thrown) back and forth, but he has to fight me first,” declared Velasquez.
“Right now, I’m preparing for the rematch to happen. If the UFC tells me something different, then a I gotta prepare for something else, but right now I think it’s a for sure thing that I’m going to be fighting dos Santos on Dec. 29.”
Check out Cain Velasquez’s full interview with Ron Kruck below…