UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos wants to fight Alistair Overeem. However, that must be put on hold due to Overeem’s current suspension that runs nearly until the end of the year.
Instead, “Cigano” is likely to face former champion Cain Velasquez in December. That, though, doesn’t mean Overeem isn’t on his mind.
“I really told Dana White I’d love to fight Overeem,” said dos Santos, in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “Beating Overeem, actually. That’s what’s going to happen when this bout actually happens. It would be a pleasure.”
Overeem was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission prior to a planned bout with dos Santos earlier this year. He was hoping to have his suspension cut short, but that doesn’t appear to be on the agenda of the NAC.
Velasquez, who dropped the belt to dos Santos last year, defeated Antonio Silva to claim a spot vs. the champion. The loss to JDS was the first of his career.
“I knew Velasquez was the contender, but if UFC wanted me to fight Overeem, I’d gladly shut him up,” dos Santos said. “I’m tired of these guys who think they’re so big, so strong, so bad and that people will get frightened by them. There’s no such thing anymore. We’re athletes and the winner will be the one who trains the most.”