Decorated fighter Alistair Overeem recently demolished former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in his debut with the promotion to earn a shot at currently reigning heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. A world-class striker with competent submission and counter-wrestling skills, a wealth of MMA knowledge and experience, Overeem is rightly considered to be one of the best in the world.
However, Bas Rutten, a man who knows The Reem well, doesn’t believe that Overeem will prove himself to be the best when he meets dos Santos, as he sees the Brazilian bomber being more adept and effective in the area where Overeem excels the most.
“I always told (his trainers) … make sure to avoid Junior dos Santos,” Rutten recently told Bruce Buffer on Sherdog Radio Network’s It’s Time!. “I think him and Cain Velasquez, although with Cain, he cannot take a punch too great. But still, Cain is a monster and he should have simply shot in on Junior dos Santos, I think. I actually thought he was going to win that fight, but he didn’t. He got tagged, and that can happen to anybody. Anyway, I always said try to stay away as long as you can from Junior dos Santos. That right now could be a very big threat together, believe it or not, with Cheick Kongo. I think that would also be a great opponent for him.”
None too complimentary of his fellow Dutchman, Rutten pointed to Overeem’s past TKOs/KOs as evidence of a flimsy beard, a flaw that will prove his undoing against dos Santos.
“I think Alistair, everything he does is one single shot because he knows he’s got that glass jaw as well,” Rutten asserted. “He’s been knocked out quite a few times in the past, even by Chuck Liddell as well. Every time when he punches, one hand is up. He throws single shots; he doesn’t throw combinations. You saw that when he fought [Fabricio] Werdum. Werdum was actually tagging him more than he did to Werdum. I think that Junior dos Santos, with his combinations, his reach, I think he’s going to tag him and he’s going to throw combos and I think that yeah, he’s going to take this fight.”
Overeem and dos Santos will likely meet this spring or early summer, once dos Santos has healed from a knee injury.