Overeem Efforts Thwarted: Dos Santos-Velasquez II Booked for Dec. 29.
STUDIO MMA, VENICE, CA — It’s been a busy week as far as the UFC heavyweight title is concerned. At the post-UFC on Fox 4 presser, Dana White shared details of a conversation with Junior Dos Santos in which the champ expressed his desire to immediately silence the trash-talking Alistair Overeem. Overeem then went public with his plans to apply for a “conditional license”, which would take effect prior to his scheduled December 27 reinstatement hearing with the NSAC. Executive Director of the NSAC, Keith Kizer, immediately squashed that notion, saying that there would be “no way” that Overeem would get licensed early.
Kizer’s sentiments have seemed to ripple up to the UFC brass. MMAJunkie.com is reporting that last night, after UFC 150, Dana White announced that Junior Dos Santos’ next defense would be against Cain Velasquez on December 29. The first time the two men met was at UFC on Fox 1, in which JDS finished Cain in 64 seconds of the first round with a huge overhand right. Velasquez bounced back by crushing Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a bloody 1st-round bludgeoning at UFC 146.
Both men are scary and have outclassed virtually every other UFC challenger they have faced. Though many would have liked to see the JDS-Overeem battle, few observers, if any, believe that this heavyweight rematch is unwarranted.