Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s bad boy Alistair Overeem went a long way to saving his contract with the promotion with an important victory against former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir at UFC 169. The Dutchman looked in the best shape he has been in for years, landing perfect punches, seemed a lot lighter, moved his feet to perfection and he had decent cardio as well.
All these were positive signs for the Demolition Man as he looks to get back into contention for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
And following the match against Mir, social media seemed to favor a bout against Junior dos Santos for the Dutchman. This potential match was once considered as the biggest possible match up in the UFC, and the two were scheduled to go head to head at UFC 146 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
But following a failed drugs test, Alistair Overeem spent a long time out of the Octagon and by the time he returned, the division had undergone a wholesale change. Cain Velasquez was now the king in the division, and in his attempt to get his title claim back on track, faced the challenges of Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva and Travis Browne, losing both times.
And he was on the brink of losing his job if he didn’t beat Mir, which he has now done.
JDS is also in no position to challenge for the title any time soon, having lost twice to Velasquez already and this makes for a match between the two an interesting card.
But it also seems that it doesn’t make sense to pit Alistair Overeem against Cigano, considering his position. The Brazilian needs to build his career once again slowly and maybe then, the long awaited match could be a possibility.