Overeem: I think JDS is afraid of me
The scheduled fight between Alistair Overeem and UFC champion Junior dos Santos never happened as Overeem notoriously tested positive for elevated testosterone and was suspended from the sport by the Nevada State Athletic Commision for nine months.
Since then, dos Santos has stated numerous times that he doesn’t believe Overeem deserves an immediate title shot upon his return from suspension, but that he would love nothing more than to knock him out.
In an extended interview with the ever excellent mixfight.nl, Overeem discussed that, and much more.
Mixfight.nl: Dana White recently said you are still the number one contender so is your next fight against the winner of Cain vs JDS?
Alistair Overeem: I hope so but hopefully everybody understands that there fight at the end of the year and therefore it’s not going to be clear when they are available to fight again. In this sport there are many variables, a lot of things are uncertain so if I can choose between waiting for my turn for the title or fight as soon as possible I would choose to fight as soon as possible, I just want to fight.
MF: JDS said recently that he don’t think you deserve a title shot and the UFC now prioritize fights that will sell well and that you are doing the same as Chael Sonnen and trying to talk you way into a fight.
AO: Well Junior dos Santos says all kind of things that don’t really make sense. First he begged to Dana White he wanted to fight me, so as a fighter I accept such a challenge right away. Now he’s saying that I don’t deserve a title fight. He has to make up his mind as he’s changing his story all the time. The same stuff he was saying about me going to the school of Chael Sonnen. I never made the fight between us personal and I never bad mouthed him, the only thing I said was that I think he’s afraid of me which I think he still is haha. When I signed with the UFC I could of easily go for the title shot right away but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar so in no means I’m talking myself into a title shot. If the UFC wants me to fight for the title I’m available and if they decide to let me fight someone else first I’m also fine with that. I’m a fighter and I will get my chance sooner or later.
MF: Bigfoot Silva recently told the media that he wants to fight you if you don’t want to wait for the title.
AO: Well if he said that, then that’s great news as I’m open to fight whoever the UFC gives me. Bigfoot is a good fighter and we were supposed to fight each other in the Strikeforce tournament anyway so it’s like unfinished business.
MF: In that interview Bigfoot said he would fight you even if you were created in a lab and that where he’s from their supplement of choice is molasses and their attitude, sounds he’s taking a shot at you.
AO: He can say what he wants, in the end what happens in the cage is what matters.