Alistair Overeem has his heart set on fighting for the UFC championship on December 29th, a goal made slightly difficult by the fact that he’s on steroid suspension until December 27th. Also, the UFC has been talking up a Junior Dos Santos vs Cain Velasquez rematch. But Junior has just improved Alistair’s chances of getting his shot tenfold. According to Dana White:
“I sat down with Junior dos Santos yesterday, the nicest guy in the world, right? Seriously, you’ve all talked to him, he’s the nicest guy in the world. He said, ‘I have nothing but respect for Cain Velasquez, as a person and as a fighter, and I think he deserves the shot at the title, but I do not want to fight him,’ which is not what he said a month ago. He said, ‘Alistair Overeem is a punk, he’s got a big mouth, he’s been saying lots of bad things about me, and I want to knock him out and I want to knock him out now.’ And I said, ‘Junior, I like that. Alright.’”
“He’s my heavyweight champion. He’s one of those guys who, like Frankie Edgar, is a guy who’s done everything we’ve ever asked of him, and he’s never asked anything of us, so when a guy like him comes to me and wants something, yeah, I have to consider it. I don’t know, he wants the fight. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening, I’m just saying to you that that’s what he’s saying. He’s saying that he wants this fight, [dos Santos’ management was] blowing me up saying they wanted to meet with me, we went to lunch yesterday and he just went off on what a punk he thinks Alistair Overeem is and how bad he wants to knock him out.”
Even if the UFC decides to go the Overeem route, it’s unlikely it will pan out for December 29th.
“I don’t think there is any truth to that and I would be against (an early hearing),” [NSAC head] Keith Kizer said. “That is not how our rules read.”
Then again, money talks. If Nevada wants the sweet sweet coin that’ll be brought in for a Dos Santos / Overeem fight, they better be willing to hustle for it. If Floyd Mayweather could have his jail sentence delayed a month to accommodate his fight with Miguel Cotto, why not this? The blindfold has already been torn off Lady Justice’s eyes and stomped on, why not give her a good shove into the mud as well? CREAM, baby! CREAM!