Alistair Overeem Claims Injury Kept Him From Accepting Dos Santos Fights

Posted on February 13, 2014, 05:32 AM by Rory Kernaghan
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(just as I thought, you have a severe case of yellow belly Alistair. I want you take take one 'man up' pill per day)

Alistair Overeem has had a mixed bag of results since joining the UFC back in 2011; the former Dream and Strikeforce heavyweight boss debuted successfully against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, before failing a drugs test in the lead up to a UFC 146 bout with Junior Dos Santos. ‘The Reem’ then ate a slice of humble pie at UFC 156, after taunting Antonio Silva in the run up to their clash.

The crushing third round knockout that February 2013 night seemed to awaken ‘The Demolition Man’, and he looked to be on course early on in his Fight Night bout against Travis Browne, last August. ‘Hapa’ crushed his hopes with a front kick to the chin and Overeem was left fighting for his contract at 169. The fight against Frank Mir was a less than stellar, but dominant, showing.

UFC President Dana White was none too pleased with Reem’s showing against Mir, and blasted him for ‘playing it safe’. White then revealed that Overeem has been ducking Junior Dos Santos, and that the Dutch kickboxer is ‘scared to face JDS’. Well, Overeem spoke to MMAFighting.com after the comments were made and gave his two cents:

“I'm hurt," he said. "Rib problem. So first [I] need an ETA on recovery time. [It] would be unwise to accept any fight before knowing exactly what's up. [I] wouldn't want to pull out of any fight [due to] being unfit, especially an anticipated fight as this one."

The story goes that Overeem has actually turned down two bouts with Dos Santos; a three round co-main event in Las Vegas and a five round main event in Brazil. It could be argued that injuries are commonplace in the world of MMA, but the same could also be said for excuses.

The injury that Overeem claims to have sustained could surely not have come from Frank Mir; the former UFC Heavyweight champion landed a mere five strikes during his outing against Overeem. Perhaps an injury in training for Mir had contributed to his ‘safe’ gameplan on that night?

I'd still be very interested in seeing a bout between Dos Santos and Overeem, although the result maybe too predictable. Overeem's chin has failed many times, whereas Dos Santos' seems to be lined with granite.

Outer Photo: USA TODAY Sports


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  • jmedno5891
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    I'm surprised Overeem is so polite in his response to the claims White made that he is ducking JDS. If this is true or not who knows, all I know is that White has a big fucking mouth to be saying ANY guy fighting for a living is "hiding" from anyone. Keep business behind closed doors and stop trying to make your fighters look bad.

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  • TheXperience
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    Overeem is and has always been a classy guy, safe from a lil trash talk here and there leading up to fights. I think Dana, jumped the gun on this one. He wants to book the fight asap and his lash out to The Reem is clearly to put pressure on him. The Reem is a smart guy though. He's been in the game for a long time, so he knows how to play it. He won't be intimidated by Dana's antics. I believe the fight will happen, just not on "Dana's" timeline.

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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    Dana isn't just trying to put pressure on Reem to fight because he wants the fight. Dana clearly hates Overeem lately probably for getting popped with elevated testosterone and then kind of falling apart without it not being close to the UFC money maker he thought Overeem would be. I think he's also mad because Overeem scared off any chance of Lesnar coming back and now he wants to get rid of the Reem. He wants to put him against JDS knowing he'll get smashed and get to drop him down the rankings losing 3 of last 4 look to cut him

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  • TheXperience
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    I agree for the most part... wouldn't be too sure about that getting "smashed" by JDS though. Alistair has the ability to destroy JDS. His cardio clearly improved, which was his biggest downfall.. another full camp and i'd say Overeem is the favorite in that fight. We also don't know how JDS will come back after being brutalized by Cain for 5 rounds!

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  • Mike Drahota
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    I'm sorry, I'm an Alistair fan but this fight has first round KO by JDS written all over it. Imagine how mad he's gonna be after that last loss to Cain.

    Plus I just don't see how Overeem is hurt after out striking Mir 139-5. Must have been in training.

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  • TheXperience
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    I think you're underestimating the reem my friend. Cardio has been the reems worst enemy, if he fixed that hole in hos game everyone in the HW division better watch out. Sure JDS can knock anyone out, but so can Reem. He most def physically stronger than JDS too and in order for JDS to be succesful he needs to land some bombs first, which is not an easy task if Reem is not fatigued! I say Reem puts hands on JDS first and i doubt he can take that onslaught. Reem is no Cain, he has a LOT more power!

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  • JTalbain
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    I'm a fan of Mir, but I have to admit, my first thought upon seeing this headline was, "What, did he break his elbow on Mir's face?"

    I think that the injury having led to a safe gameplan might be a good call. Especially if his ribs were hurt; trying to defend against subs while rolling with Mir would be brutal. Trying to take the same injury into a fight with JDS would be suicide.

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  • akieyugames
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    Waiting for Dana's excuse on this issue. It's like Desperate Housewives MMA style.

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  • knn03
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    You watch Desperate Housewives......... Bro???

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