UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem will make his long-awaited return to the ring on Saturday night when he faces Antonio Silva at UFC 156. If devastating Dutchman is able to come out of the rumble with his hand raised he will earn an opportunity to face champion Cain Velasquez at some point later this year.
While Overeem’s focus is on getting by Silva and then proving himself against the best in the business, he also believes a future scrap with former title-holder Junior dos Santos is also likely based on their rivalry.
Overeem elaborated on his mindset entering this weekend’s fight in a recent interview with the UFC’s website.
“I still believe that a fight between JDS and myself would be a huge fight, especially considering the way we fight, going for the knockout. But my focus is on the belt and the one that holds it is my priority, so that’s Cain Velasquez now. But I believe that our time will come soon and I will fight Junior dos Santos.”
“The title is the main goal and to get there we need to defeat Silva, so he’s now on my radar and gets my full attention.”
“I have worked my whole career to be the best fighter in the world and I have showed it in different organizations, but with this belt I would unify all the belts and become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and the baddest man on the planet. I hope it now gives you an idea what it means to win that title.”
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