While admitting to having nothing set in stone, UFC President Dana White stated in one of the many UFC 153 post fight conferences that Alistair Overeem is likely going to do battle with the winner of the Dec 29th Junior Dos Santos versus Cain Velasquez Heavyweight title fight. Overeem has not fought since December 30th of last year, effectively burning off a year of his prime as an athlete. He has also been about minimizing the wait on his next match, even talking at one point of petitioning the commissions for an early lifting of his suspension. So, does it make sense for Overeem’s next fight to be for the UFC Heavyweight title, or are there other options?
Because Dos Santos and Velasquez square off on December 29th, this means the winner taking on Overeem is likely going to be pushed out until the May or June time frame. After training through the holidays, the champion will likely rest all of January meaning a rush fight with Overeem is unlikely.
So Overeem waits up to six months after his suspension is up to fight again? Is that the best use of a commodity they are in need of?
Also coming into some consideration is that by putting Overeem right in a title shot, there is no perceived ‘penalty’ for his failed drug test. The UFC talks very harsh about PED users, but seems to really do nothing but talk about it.
Whether we like it or not, STRIKEFORCE is ZUFFA. And SF has cancelled two events in a row, and rather than let a sleeping dog lie, they stupidly issued a press release promising a January 2013 return to SHOWTIME. PErfect.
Ship OVereem back to SF, and have him fight Daniel Cormier. That match, iin January, coincides enough with the UFC Heavyweight title match that the winners could face each other in May or June comfortably. And it would test Overeem – I feel after a year off, he should prove himself all over again.