After their respective victories last week at UFC on Fox 1 in Brazil, it seems that Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem are on a collision course once again. And unless fate intervenes once more time, the fight we’ve long waited for may finally be coming to fruition.
Looked Dead in the Water
Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem are two of the UFC heavyweight division’s biggest hitters. Reem is a former Strike Force and K-1 champion who owns one of the most vicious striking game the sport has ever seen. Dos Santos is the former UFC heavyweight champion who punched his way to superstardom by stopping his first eleven opponents. Overeem was supposed to face Dos Santos at UFC 146 after annihilating Brock Lesnar during his UFC debut in 2011. But after Overeem failed a post- fight drug test, that title bout was shelved. One year later, the UFC booked the fight once again for UFC 160. But due to an undisclosed injury, Overeem backed out of the bout.
Last February, UFC President Dana White called the Reem “running scared of JDS” after the Dutchman turned down two proposals to fight Dos Santos earlier this year. Instead of fighting Dos Santos, Overeem retreated to Jamaica for a vacation and took time out to heal what he said was a rib injury. Dos Santos virtually killed the bout when he said that he no longer cared about fighting the struggling Overeem and was more interested in fighting Stipe Miocic. And after Overeem suffered a shocking defeat to Ben Rothwell in August, everyone thought that the fight was dead in the water.
Styles Make Fights
Dos Santos is ranked #2 by the UFC and after his win last week, he should stay there. But he won’t be getting a title shot soon as interim champion Fabricio Werdum is expected to face Cain Velasquez upon the latter’s return from injury. Besides, Dos Santos was dominated twice by Velasquez so the UFC isn’t keen about matching them any time soon. As for Overeem, he’s won just twice since beating Lesnar and his three losses during that period have been by knockout. With these circumstances, isn’t the time perfect to finally pit these come backing heavyweights in the octagon?
They say in boxing that styles make fights and if we take a look at their careers, JDS and Reem both prefer to fight in the stand-up game. Both are elite strikers who possess that one punch knockout power which makes the fight even more exciting. Dos Santos and Overeem are two of the biggest names in the sport and given the history of this match-up, this fight poses to be a big one literally and figuratively. By figuratively, we mean literal figures, as in TV viewership figures. The UFC’s TV presence has suffered this year with injuries and the absence of big stars like Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. They look to rebound in 2015 with Jones-Cormier, Wediman-Belfort and Rousey-Zingano to start off the coming year. Dos Santos versus Overeem in the summer may not be a title fight, but it should keep the UFC’s momentum high after the explosive start. What do you think?