Remember back in 2012 when we were all excited to see Alistair Overeem face UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos to decide the best big man in the world?
Well, flash-forward a few years and we might finally get to see it.
Overeem saved his UFC job with a decision victory over Frank Mir this past weekend. And, while it was less than spectacular, a win is a win.
Dos Santos, now a former UFC champion, is coming off a second convincing loss to current titleholder Cain Velasquez.
It’s the perfect time to pair these two up.
The prospect for each is huge, as a win over the other would likely vault them into either a title shot or at least a No. 1 contender match.
Dos Santos had no chance against Velasquez last October, as he was picked apart once again. Yes, he survived the first time, but Velasquez made sure to finish him off last year.
For “Cigano” to get a fourth meeting with him – he defeated Velasquez in 2011 – the proud Brazilian would have to finish Overeem.
“The Reem,” meanwhile, was impressive in his three previous UFC bouts – he just didn’t finish two of them. Instead of putting the final nail in the coffin vs. Travis Browne and Antonio Silva, the ex-Strikeforce champion was dropped himself.
Overeem didn’t show any sense of killer instinct vs. Mir, but stated that was to avoid any slips and losing for a third consecutive time.
A perfect venue for these two would be later this year when the UFC returns to Florida. The main event for that card is set to feature Fabricio Werdum and Browne in a No. 1 contender match.
Put Overeem and dos Santos in the co-main event slot and let the show ride. I’m sure FOX would have no issues with that pairing.