Former Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos was training to fight Alistair Overeem for the second time, and for the second time dos Santos will be facing someone other than Overeem. According to reports, Overeem tore his quadricep muscle and has stepped out of the bout, and Mark Hunt will step in. Dos Santos’s coach Luiz Dorea is obviously frustrated about Overeem bowing out for the second time.
Dorea told Sherdog:
“We’re not here to doubt, but it’s really strange. Cigano’s career does not depend on Overeem, but it’s the second time that the fight has been canceled. What cannot happen is for Cigano to be penalized for it. He never chooses opponents, always accepts any fight and Hunt would be a good name. Injured or not, Overeem won’t cause any setbacks for Cigano, who already had to start a camp and doesn’t want to go any longer without fighting. It seems that Overeem doesn’t want this fight.
“About that I do not know, but there’s something weird there. It is reported that there was an injury, which we have to believe. Overeem is a great athlete, but he has his problems. What will happen is that everyone who has a scheduled fight against Overeem will be unsure if it will take place. This is the second time that Cigano has prepared for this fight, and this requires dedication and money. This postponement will not obstruct Cigano’s plans to seek the title shot soon after this fight.
“What else can happen in July, August? Will there be another story, another problem with the lab, or an injury? There are great names in the division without a fight scheduled, but Overeem is also a great duel. Except that Overeem teases Cigano, and every time we get close to the fight, we do not know what happens. It’s a difficult situation. But I’m quiet, and the UFC is watching.”
UFC 160: Velasquez Vs Bigfoot II takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 25. The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between current Champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The two fought as potential contenders at UFC 146, but it was Velasquez who won the fight via technical knockout in the second round.