Recently Alistair Overeem relayed that he wants to fight the “gate keeper” Junior dos Santos next, and not surprisingly, the comments didn’t sit well with “Cigano.”
Overeem is coming off consecutive wins over Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson, and following the wins, he called for a bout with JDS. While doing so, the former Strikeforce champ argued “everybody knows” dos Santos is the “gatekeeper”.
Well, JDS recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and during the interview he had this to say about Overeem’s recent call out (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I have to smile because this guy… He knows I’m hurt and that’s why he’s saying these things,” dos Santos said. “I’m injured and I can’t fight right now and that’s why he’s saying this kind of things. I really think he wants to promote himself. I wanna see him saying these things when I’m 100 percent again. I think he’s going to be quiet again.”
Of course, JDS and Overeem have a little history. The two were supposed to fight in 2012, but Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and the bout was cancelled. Then, in the UFC looked at re-booking the fight in 2013, but Overeem had a rib injury and the fight never happened.
Naturally, dos Santos went on to say he’d be willing to fight Overeem next, however, the 31 year-old is expecting to be out for another three months. So, chances are he won’t be returning to the cage until the fall.
“Cigano” underwent a few surgeries following his memorable and brutal, decision win over Stipe Miocic in December.
So, the question now is whether or not the UFC and or Overeem want the latter to sit out that long as well.