The enigma that is Alistair Overeem’s UFC career was finally looking like it would get back on track. After a trouncing of former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, Overeem returned to the win column for the first time since 2011. This set up talks of a long-awaited bout between Overeem and another former UFC heavyweight champion in Junior dos Santos.
They were originally set to meet at UFC 146 back in 2012 but Overeem tested for elevated levels of testosterone and was removed. Two years later, the fight seemed to be on the horizon.
On Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight, though, UFC president Dana White spoke to the contrary. “He wants nothing to do with dos Santos,” White said.
“He’s literally hiding from JDS .. but he had no problem calling out Brock Lesnar who hasn’t fought in two years and who is in [the] WWE.”
Overeem’s ‘hiding spot’ is in Jamaica where he has taken a vacation to relax after his win over Mir. Upon hearing the news that White had accused him of hiding from dos Santos, Overeem responded via Twitter to try and clear the air and explain what was really going on.
Twitter going bananas! Not running for anyone, on holiday right now & also rehabbing injuries so not ready to discuss a fight at this time.
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) February 13, 2014
White has been critical of Overeem since his fight with Mir over the fact that Overeem opted to play it safe later on in the fight instead of trying to finish. Overeem did slow down as the fight progressed, not from exhaustion but instead in securing a win which had eluded him for trying to close the show in his previous two fights.
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