Alistair Overeem didn’t say he’s going to be cheering for Junior dos Santos at UFC 211, but it kind of sounds like the heavyweight contender will be…
How’s that? Well, dos Santos is booked to fight the champ Stipe Miocic at the event, which will go down in Dallas on May 13th. Overeem and JDS fought back in December, 2015, and the “Reem” stopped the former champ in the second round.
Now, fast forward to today, and Overeem’s coming off a vicious, knockout win over Mark Hunt at UFC 209 this past weekend. The win returned Overeem to the win column, as it marked the first time he had fought since he was KO’d by Miocic in September. While discussing his next bout and who he’d like to fight next, Overeem had this to say after his latest win (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I like to test myself,” Overeem said, when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Francis Ngannou. “I believe every opponent makes me better. He mentioned my name, and I was open to the idea. ‘Hey, somebody wants to fight me.’ I never back down from (anybody) who wants to fight me. That’s No. 1.
“And No. 2, of course, Francis is there – if that’s going to happen, that’s great. But I’m also going to be looking for that other fight, the championship fight, ‘JDS’ vs. Stipe. I loved their first fight. It was back and forth, and a very tough fight for both. But if ‘JDS’ would win that one, I could see a rematch there, too – me and ‘JDS.’”
It’s an interesting proposal, and dos Santos would likely welcome an opportunity to get that loss back. But, chances are the UFC will want to have Overeem fight another contender in the interim. A fight with Ngannou sounds about right no?