Although Junior dos Santos has been scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem twice, and the former champ has had less than kind words for Overeem in the past, JDS has reportedly moved on. The fact dos Santos is expected to fight champion Cain Velasquez for a third time later this year, of course, may have something to do with it.
In a recent report from Fighters Only Magazine, dos Santos had this to say about fighting Overeem, who he was scheduled to fight at UFC 146 and UFC 160. The first bout fell through after Overeem was flagged for an elevated testosterone-to-episterone ratio, and then the second was cancelled after Overeem was injured.
“Bigfoot put him on his place,” dos Santos said, while citing Antonio Silva’s come from behind, KO win over Overeem at UFC 156 in February. “I no longer feel the wish to face him but I fight whomever the UFC puts in front of me. I will train aiming that guy and to be very well prepared to win”
So, if Overeem blows way Travis Browne at UFC on FS1 1, scores another big win after that, and dos Santos goes on to defeat Velaquez in the rubber match, it’s still a fight that could happen. Even if dos Santos loses to Velasquez, the UFC may want to see him fight Overeem at some point, since it’s a fight plenty of people would like to see.
Maybe Overeem will ask to rematch “Bigfoot” at some juncture?