Sunday, October 17, 2021

Overeem Wants Title Shot, Not A Warm Up Fight

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Alistair Overeem is riding out a nine month suspension handed down by the NSAC after he tested positive for high levels of testosterone earlier this year, putting an end to one of the most anticipated fights of the years between himself and UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos.

Overeem's suspension is up in December and he hopes to return to action as soon as possible. This week he discussed his return and dos Santos with MMAWeekly.com.

“I am the most tested athlete in the world right now,” said Alistair Overeem. “And you can see I am stil 265, still heavyweight, still going strong.

“Ask my sparring partners in the gym – still kicking ass.

“I can tell you something, I have not had time off since 2004.”

“I think for me, this time off is perfect. After this, I have another four years of full dedication and devotion.”

“For me it doesn't matter when I fight. I don't need to have a warm-up fight. I'm gonna leave that up to the gentlemen of the UFC to decide… If they want me to go for the title, I'm ready for that.”

“(JDS) can talk all he wants. I know he was very happy that fight didn't happen… And he also knows I'm the biggest threat out there. He know when he is gonna fight me, there there is not escape from it.

I'm gonna lay low and fight whoever they put in front of me. But I'm gonna get my hands gonna be on and when I do, he's all mine.”

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