Alistair Overeem: I’m the Top Heavyweight, Junior dos Santos Must Come Through Me

Written by Tom Ngo
August 8th, 2012

Alistair Overeem UFC Strikeforce

Forget about the fact Alistair Overeem (Pictured) has only competed once inside the Octagon and doesn’t don UFC gold, the suspended slugger professes he’s the planet’s top heavyweight. Furthermore, just because UFC president Dana White claims reigning UFC champ Junior dos Santos is begging him to arrange a scrap against “The Demolition Man,” Overeem reiterated dos Santos is scared to face him.

“I think he’s afraid to fight me,” Overeem stated on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight. “He was happy that the last fight on May 26th didn’t happen against us. I approached him at the UFC Fighter Summit in Vegas and said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s prove something to the world and let’s fight.’

“Then he suddenly acted like he didn’t understand English and how he wants to fight Cain [Velasquez] first. The fact of the matter is, I’m the #1 heavyweight in the world and if he wants to be the #1 heavyweight, he has to come through me.”

The 265-pounders were expected to collide at UFC 146, but Overeem was forced out of the shootout after registering more than twice the legal limit of testosterone in his system. He was levied a nine-month suspension and is eligible to reapply for licensing as early as December 27th, which Overeem has no doubt he’ll obtain since he’s played by the rules since his ban was issued.

With Overeem scheduled to come off suspension in December, the timing would be just right for the heavyweights to headline the UFC’s blockbuster New Year’s weekend extravaganza. The former Strikeforce champion would like nothing more than to tango with the Brazilian before the ball drops on 2013.

“Junior, give me and the fans and the UFC what they want,” Overeem pleaded. “You’ve already fought Cain. That would just be another win. But a win over me would give you the #1 spot. Without a win over me, they’ll always question your championship. So bring it to the table, my friend.”

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