White: Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem most likely for summerPosted on January 4, 2012, 09:07 AM by Anton Gurevich
According to the UFC President Dana White (via MMAJunkie.com), Junior dos Santos will defend his title against Alistair Overeem sometime this summer. White revealed Alistair Overeem wants to take "some time off", while Junior dos Santos is still not fully recovered from the knee injury suffered in preparations for the UFC on FOX fight with Cain Velasquez.
The fight could serve as a perfect headliner for UFC's Fourth of July fight card, which has a history of blockbuster Heavyweight match-ups such as Lesnar vs. Carwin and Lesnar vs. Mir II:
"Hopefully this summer. This summer is probably when it's going to go down. Alistair wants to take some time off. Dos Santos is ready but needs to get some training in. So hopefully, this summer."
White also shared his thoughts about the match-up, claiming that it will go down to "who hits harder and who has the best chin":
"This is one of those fights where no matter where this ends up, it'll be exciting," he said. "But I see this fight standing up and finding out who hits the hardest and who has the best chin."
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem is expected to deliver high PPV numbers, despite the fact that both fighters are not representing USA. Dos Santos is a veteran of eight fights inside the UFC Octagon, while Overeem enjoys popularity among the hardcore fanbase in Europe and the USA.
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