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 UFCâ€™s roster who isnâ€™t wearing a divisional belt. However, according to the man who does in fact own the gold â€“ Junior dos Santos â€“ 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.
â€œHeâ€™s fast, heâ€™s very good in wrestling, and he never gets tired. His cardio is amazing for a heavyweight,â€ explained Dos Santos on this weekâ€™s episode of Ultimate Insider, adding on Overeem. â€œI know this guy is tough but I donâ€™t think heâ€™s the biggest challenge inside the UFC.â€
Dos Santos also addressed Overeemâ€™s recent attempts to score a scrap by questioning the Brazilianâ€™s courage, saying he simply felt â€œThe Demolition Manâ€ was attempting to talk his way into a title-shot while adding, â€œIf he thinks heâ€™s better than me, when I fight him and he feels the power of my hands heâ€™s gonna change his mind. Weâ€™re gonna have a chance to fight each other and I think thatâ€™s gonna be good, especially for me. I wanna beat this guy one day.â€
Velasquez and Dos Santos are expected to fight on December 29 at the UFCâ€™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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