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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