“Overeem, his stand-up is really good. Good knees, big guy, strong guy,” said Velasquez to ESPN Chicago of his interest in putting his skills up against the Dutchman’s. “I just want to keep fighting the best guys, and he’s been that person for a while.”
Velasquez also added that he isn’t concerned about Overeem potentially having a banned substance in his system if the two fight even though the hard-hitting heavyweight recently received a license to fight after a nine-month suspension related to testosterone use.
“As a professional, as a fan as well, I want to see the best guys fight each other, but I also want it fair,” stated Velasquez of his comfort with the drug testing process.
Overeem will be on a twelve-tilt winning streak if he defeats Silva on February 2. He holds an overall record of 36-11 with 34 finishes in comparison to Velasquez’s 11-1 mark with nine stoppages.