UFC 146: Junior Dos Santos Would Still Fight Alistair Overeem, But Feels It Is Unfair And Disrespects The Sport

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: UFC Fighter Junior dos Santos speaks during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos hasn't had much to say regarding scheduled opponent Alistair Overeem's pre-fight drug test failure so far. He has stated that he's drug-free and doesn't really know what's going on, but that's about it - until now. He spoke to Globo about the whole situation in a much more detailed manner, and he had a lot say this time. The article is in Portuguese and the only translation offered so far (via the UG) is pretty much straight out of Google Translate, so take this with a grain of salt until there is more clarification. But here's what he had to say about the possibility of still fighting Overeem at UFC 146:

"If the fight happens I will fight with pleasure, but I can tell if it is proved that the use of illegal substances is disrespect to the sport and something unfair to me. The ratio of testosterone in his body that there may be increased by 30% his strength and aggressiveness of it, I was told people who know the subject. Will really be unfair fight, but as a fighter will be ready to face anyone.

He stated before that he doesn't know what the Nevada State Athletic Commission will do, but he insinuates that if Overeem is indeed licensed, it's a slap in the face to the sport and unfair to him as a fighter. He also re-affirms that he is clean and that the testing needs to be improved:

If the athletic commission and the UFC want I'll fight him. I am a fighter and will be there to fight, but it is sure to be disrespect to MMA and how serious is this sport. This will also be unfair, it will be unfair to me. I've never used these devices to gain strength. I think the right would do blood tests on wrestlers as is done in the Olympics, not the urine, since the blood is easier to detect these illegal substances. We want to know who the best really. No use to be the best liar. Being a world champion making false use of a lot of drugs, that's not being champion. I can clearly say that I am the champion without ever having the use of any illegal artifice in order to get there. I favor more rigorous tests to assess whether someone is doped. It has to be a clean sport and these tests should occur more surprises. If Overeem is more aggressive and stronger the more he will resist blows and it will be difficult for me. If I lose will be unfair. He will not have fought better than I have fought doped."


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Update: According to BE's favorite Brazilian Orcus, the translation is pretty accurate. There's more after the jump too.

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He then takes a final few shots at Overeem, while stating that Cain Velasquez would be a tougher challenger either way:

"I find it curious he won three belts without ever having been caught doping in right away and ends up being caught in the UFC. It would be a good challenge for me, but my biggest challenge I went for the title against Cain. He is the most outstanding and would be a great challenge for me. The Overeem would be a good challenge, but it would be my biggest challenge. He fails the fitness and speed. He frightens the uninitiated, but who knows what being a fighter knows he would not be my most difficult opponent. We always say that the next challenge will be more difficult to prepare even more, but do not think Overeem would be my biggest challenge."

Again, this isn't an official translation and shouldn't be taken as gospel. Still though, I think it's great that JDS is voicing his opinion on the issue and asking for stronger testing. And I completely agree that if Overeem does indeed get licensed for a UFC 146 bout it's a blow to the credibility of the commissions, if not the sport. That might sound dramatic, and I know there are plenty of fans out there that just want to see the two men scrap and everything else is secondary. But in the bigger picture, it really is meaningful.

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