Heavyweight top contender discounts Alastair Overeem despite his latest win.
Junior dos Santos is looking beyond Alistair Overeem for who he wants next in the octagon saying he is wants to lock horns with rising star of the division, Stipe Miocic.
Dos Santos waved away a possible fight with Alistair Overeem, who he was scheduled to meet at UFC 146 and 160, only too see drugs charges and injury stopping Overeem from taking the fight.
The saga took another twist when UFC president Dana White offered Overeem two different future dates for him to fight dos Santos, with the promotion’s boss saying the former K1 Kickboxing champion turning them down citing injury.
“I don’t care about this guy,” dos Santos said. “I don’t care what’s going to happen with him right now. I’m here to fight with anyone in the heavyweight division. It’s like that.
“He’s a good opponent, but right now I think this fight will not happen again.”
On the back of two losses in three fights, both against reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, ‘Cigano’ does not feel he is in a position to pick fights and said he would go to war with anybody the UFC deems fit, but admits Miocic provides an interesting match-up.
I’m sure the UFC is going to bring someone good to be making a fight against me,” dos Santos said. “We have great fighters in the heavyweight division, and I like it a lot right now.”
“I prefer Miocic,” dos Santos said. “I think Miocic is living a very good moment in his career, so it could be a good fight for the people.”
While dos Santos (16-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) claims he is open to fighting anyone, there are only a few realistic options for the former champ.
Two matchups that seemingly make sense are against rising contender Moicic (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and former UFC titleholder Josh Barnett (33-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC).