Alistair Overeem says injury is preventing him from taking Dos Santos bout

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem was recently called out by Dana White for not accepting a bout with Junior dos Santos. According to Overeem though, an injury is the reason he hasn't signed on yet.

Alistair Overeem isn't exactly on Dana White's good side lately. His performance at UFC 169 was panned the boss, and yesterday he called the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion for turning down two proposed bouts with Junior dos Santos. In a response to MMA Fighting, Overeem said an injury was to blame:

"I'm hurt," he said. "Rib problem. So first [I] need an ETA on recovery time. [It] would be unwise to accept any fight before knowing exactly what's up. [I] wouldn't want to pull out of any fight [due to] being unfit, especially an anticipated fight as this one."

It's unclear if Overeem (37-13, 1 NC) will accept the bout when he heals up, but he's certainly singing a different tune than White did when when the boss said he was "literally hiding" from Dos Santos and that he wanted no part of the bout. We'll just have to wait and see if it does indeed come to fruition.

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