With an eleven-fight winning streak featuring success against the likes of Fabricio Werdum and Brock Lesnar, as well as championships in a variety of organizations including a title-win in the famed K-1 World Grand Prix, it seems logical to think Alistair Overeem is unquestionably the most dangerous heavyweight on the UFC’s roster who isn’t wearing a divisional belt. However, according to the man who does in fact own the gold – Junior dos Santos – Overeem is not the biggest threat to his reign currently calling the UFC home.
Rather, Dos Santos sees former champion Cain Velasquez as a more significant challenge based on a handful of attributes rarely seen in men of their size.
“He’s fast, he’s very good in wrestling, and he never gets tired. His cardio is amazing for a heavyweight,” explained Dos Santos on this week’s episode of Ultimate Insider, adding on Overeem. “I know this guy is tough but I don’t think he’s the biggest challenge inside the UFC.”
Dos Santos also addressed Overeem’s recent attempts to score a scrap by questioning the Brazilian’s courage, saying he simply felt “The Demolition Man” was attempting to talk his way into a title-shot while adding, “If he thinks he’s better than me, when I fight him and he feels the power of my hands he’s gonna change his mind. We’re gonna have a chance to fight each other and I think that’s gonna be good, especially for me. I wanna beat this guy one day.”
Velasquez and Dos Santos are expected to fight on December 29 at the UFC’s annual year-end event. Meanwhile, Overeem is currently unable to receive a license in Nevada until December 27 after a March drug test indicated illegal testosterone use.
Watch the full interview with Dos Santos below:
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