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Alistair Overeem Really The Underdog Against Junior dos Santos?

“I thought Brock would move forwards, I hoped more of him. But he told me on the octagon he felt the knees and kicks of Overeem and that he thought he broke his rib. I saw it and it was really red. He told me the last coup destabilized him. And then he wished me good luck on this title defense and that was it… Each fight is different and you gotta be prepared for your next opponent the best way you can. I got to the title with much effort and I’ll do my best to remain as the champion. Overeem is a very strong fighter, but there’s no easy fight when you’re fighting a title fight. He’s big, but he ain’t two.”

— Junior dos Santos talking to Tatame about Brock Lesnar and defending his UFC heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem

Any early predictions for JDS vs. Overeem? They’re both very good at what they do, but I have to say I’m definitely leaning towards Overeem at the moment. JDS is clearly the best boxer in the heavyweight division and certainly has the power to knock Overeem out if he catches him right, but Overeem has more weapons to finish the fight with. Not only that, Overeem will likely have 20-25 pounds of pure muscle on him and JDS is coming off knee surgery. Despite those facts, the early betting lines opened with Overeem as a +190 underdog. That’s crazy if you ask me. I see it closer to even with Overeem being the slight favorite.

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