After a period of debate surrounding who was next in line for a shot at UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos’ divisional strap it looks like Cain Velasquez will indeed be facing “Cigano” in the immediate future rather than Alistair Overeem. Velasquez was promised a title-shot after beating Antonio Silva in May, while Overeem inserted his name into the equation with talk about being licensed earlier than expected as opposed to sitting out until December 27 due to a matter relating to testosterone use.
However, with the Nevada Athletic Commission coming forward to say such a scenario was highly unlikely, the spotlight has returned to Velasquez whose status as top contender was re-confirmed this weekend by UFC President Dana White.
Velasquez’s position atop the contendership ladder was revealed in an interview with MMAFighting.
“No way in hell that’s going to happen. The commission would never do that,” added White after the post-event presser for UFC 150 when asked about Overeem being licensed in time for a December dance with Dos Santos.
No date was linked to the bout between JDS and Velasquez though White did say the company was targeting a tilt before the end of 2012. The two locked horns last November where Dos Santos stopped Velasquez with strikes, procuring the championship in the process and also handing the former champion his first loss as a professional.
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