Junior dos Santos doesn't want to fight Alistair Overeem anymore

Victor Decolongon

The UFC's #1 Heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos is no longer interested in facing ex-Strikeforce and K-1 champ Alistair Overeem since the latter lost to Bigfoot Silva.

It hasn't been that long ago that ex-UFC Heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos was looking forward to putting Alistair Overeem in his place. The two men have twice been booked to fight. First at UFC 146 when JDS' belt was going to be on the line. Unfortunately Overeem couldn't pass a surprise urine test and that fight was cancelled. Then, after JDS lost the belt to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155, the two were booked to face off at UFC 160 in a #1 contender's bout.

Overeem got hurt and had to pull out of the fight so JDS fought and beat Mark Hunt instead. Now that dos Santos is expected to challenge Cain Velasquez for the title at UFC 166 in October in Houston, he's putting Overeem in his rearview mirror.

Fighter's Only has translated the quotes from JDS' interview with Brazilian sports outlet Terra:

"Bigfoot put him on his place. I no longer feel the wish to face him but I fight whomever the UFC puts in front of me. I will train aiming that guy and to be very well prepared to win," Dos Santos told Terra.

"The limited fighters, guys who don't believe in themselves, who don't dedicate to the training and don't take it seriously are the ones who make it to call for attention. They do it to hype themselves.

"It's not that he [Overeem] is bad. He is an excellent fighter and he has great accomplishments in his career. You see [Chael] Sonnen making controversial statements as well but I'm not saying anything bad about him.

While you may be tempted to think 'Poor Overeem,' the Heavyweight division is so starved for contenders that JDS is unlikely to avoid having to face the Dutchman should they both stay active in the UFC for another couple of years.


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