Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem were to meet in May for the heavyweight championship. After Overeem tested positive for steroids, his title shot was taken away and Santos dropped the gold late last year. Overeem believes that Santos was avoiding him and didn’t want to defend his title against the Sweden.
“Junior dos Santos did not want to face me because I was the one who was trying to make this fight happen,” said Overeem to TATAME. “I gave it my best trying to make this fight happen and I think the whole world wanted to see this duel.”
After Overeem was popped for steroid use, Frank Mir was given his title shot. He failed to win and former champion Cain Velasquez was next. He won the belt back from Santos after destroying him for five rounds. Overeem’s sole UFC appearance was when he became the No. 1 contender after defeating Brock Lesnar in under three minutes.
Overeem fights Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva tonight, at UFC 156. They are set for the main card with UFC president Dana White saying Overeem gets an upcoming title shot if he wins.
“Santos refused to face me,” said Overeem. “I know I will face him sooner or later.”