It appears UFC heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem will get the next crack at the belt, which is currently being held by Junior Dos Santos. Overeem was expected to compete for the belt, but a failed urine test prevented him from competing as he was suspended for 12 months. Dana White said in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani that he expects Overeem to still get his chance upon reinstatement:
“Yes, that’s what we’re thinking. We’ll see how this thing plays out and what happens. Nothing is done. Nothing is etched in stone, but that’s what I’d like to see happen.”
Junior Dos Santos is expected to defend his belt against the former champion in Cain Velasquez, which should be an entertaining fight to say the least. Alistair could present problems to either man because he has some of the best striking in the heavyweight division, and he’s always had a comparable guillotine that has finished many opponents in his MMA tenure.
Whether Overeem competes for the title this year remains to be seen, but Dana White is certainly on board. Overeem has a lot of experience and shown that he can finish the fights in dramatic fashion early, and a JDS-Overeem title bout would certainly sell in terms of pay-per-view buys.
First things first, however; Junior Dos Santos has to defend his belt against the always-dangerous Cain Velasquez. Their first bout ended with JDS getting the KO, and it will be interesting to see what tactics each fighter takes in their second meeting.