Junior dos Santos Says Alistair Overeem is Not the Biggest Challenge in the UFC

August 15, 2012
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Junior dos Santos UFC 146Much has been made recently about the war of words between UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos and former Strikeforce and Dream champion Alistair Overeem.

The two were initially slated to square off at UFC 146 in May, but the fight fell apart when red lights went off concerning Overeem’s results stemming from a surprise drug test following a UFC 146 press conference.

They both want to fight each other, but it remains to be seen when that will happen. Dos Santos is on tap to defend against Cain Velasquez next, while Overeem sits on the sidelines through December as a sanction from the drug test results.

Overeem is doing and saying everything he can to make sure the interest in the fight remains, but dos Santos told UFC Ultimate Insider host Jon Anik that, although he knows that Overeem is tough and it’s a fight he wants, Velasquez is the fighter most deserving of a title shot right now.

Check out what Junior dos Santos had to say in his one-on-one interview with Fuel TV’s Jon Anik…

  • lfighterc

    i always find myself rooting against Junior but man he is such a bad@$$ he’s never scared and it looks like he’s never nervous

    • Lesnardo

      Pretty much JDS is a beast. That is all there is to say.

      The HW landscape has changed so much since 2008. Back then we had Fedor and other fighters such as Nog, Randy, Cro Cop, Arlovski, Sylvia, Barnett, Werdum, Mir, Aleks, and Sergei. Those were the top 10 or 11 fighters in the world.

      Then came Brock and Carwin who destroyed Frank Mir in ways we’ve never seen before, use of pure brute force to manhandle. Brock and Carwin were beasts.

      Now we have guys like JDS who destroys beasts.

      JDS is the beast of the beasts.

  • Lesnardo

    How come Carwin vs Cain hasn’t happened yet?

    I see that fight making sense. Why isn’t the UFC giving Carwin a chance?

    • bajafox

      Maybe because he has 2 losses in a row and he’s coaching the next season of TUF?

      • Lesnardo

        Two losses but one of them was a close one to Brock and the other was to the current champ.

        UFC not matching up losers with winners is bullshit. How many times did Brock get a title shot?

        Carwin destroyed Frank Mir. And just because Frank Mir beat up some washed up fighter and bunch of cans he gets a title shot?

      • Lesnardo

        I meant why hasn’t it happened yet?

        UFC should have made them fight each other and then the winner should have challenged Brock. It’s funny how Carwin, JDS, and Cain didn’t meet until they all got a crack or was going to get a crack at Brock.

    • http://www.combatsciencemma.com CombatScienceMMA

      I’m a big Carwin and Cain fan but that fight makes no sense at all. Cain just destroyed Big Foot and his only loss is to JDS. Carwin got wrecked but JDS and submitted by Lesnar. Why would they give him the former champ who only has 1 loss and won his last fight? Although Carwin is coaching TUF against Nelson. What do you think of this fight? It’s a good step for Carwin to get back on track.

      • smill0313

        I like that fight for Carwin and Nelson, although Nelson has far more to gain from this than Carwin.

  • smill0313

    I like Velasquez, he has some of the prettiest combonations I have seen in MMMA, but the last fight was no fluke. Granted this fight will go atleast a full round, the end result will be the same, a KO victory for JDS. The same goes for Overeem who doesnt have half the chin of Carwin or Nelson for that matter.

    • Lesnardo

      Yeah, I have a feeling JDS is pretty confident against Cain. JDS seems to be a bit faster and a better striker. And he doesn’t really think Cain could take him down.

      There is also reach advantage as well.

      Cain is explosive but JDS seems to be on another level when it comes to speed.

    • clizzark

      Oh, I see, making excuses for JDS because he couldn’t finish the 2 HWs with the worst cardio in the division.