Dos Santos was scheduled to face Overeem earlier this year when he was forced out of the fight after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. The infraction eventually landed Overeem a de facto 9-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, that will keep him out until early 2013.
In the interim, Dos Santos moved on at that event, defeated former UFC champion Frank Mir, and now heads into a rematch with Cain Velasquez at UFC 155.
It’s hard to ignore however that the rivalry between Dos Santos and Overeem has continued to burn in interviews with both fighters over the last several months. The reigning UFC heavyweight champion points out that he would preferrebly fight competitors like Velasquez as opposed to cheaters like Overeem.
“I prefer to fight against those athletes, clean athletes, and real professionals. So Cain Velasquez is one of these guys. He’s a real professional fighter and that’s a good challenge for me,” Dos Santos answered when asked by MMAWeekly.com on today’s UFC 155 media conference call.
Neither Dos Santos or Velasquez have built their careers around hyping a fight with trash talk, and the lead-up to this fight is no different. That’s another reason why Dos Santos has so much respect for his upcoming opponent as opposed to a fighter like Overeem, who has a lot to say about him in the press.
“I know he’s very tough and I know how hard I have to train to face him. The other guys they just say things, but there is nothing behind the words,” said Dos Santos.
For Dos Santos it all comes down to deeds not words, and the proof is there to show that both he and Cain Velasquez are clean, hard working athletes.
He wouldn’t exactly say the same thing about a fighter like Alistair Overeem.
“Guys like me and Cain Velasquez, we are made in the gym,” said Dos Santos. “Guys like the other guy (Alistair Overeem) they are made at the laboratory.”