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Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Makes Sense

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

There are few things that are as good as the days after a major card. In this case, it is good for everyone but the fighters.

UFC 169 put on one of the most lackluster cards in memory and Dana White has been throwing the blame everywhere he can. There seems to be one specific target that White is hitting, and that is Alistair Overeem.

In one of my past articles, I actually praised Overeem for his fight; I think that he fought with poise and stuck to a game plan that got him a decisive win. White thinks that he laid back and refused to finish the fight. I can see where White is getting angry; White had a fight on his hands that would all but guarantee a knockout and since it did not produce fireworks, he is a little on the frustrated side.

White needs to turn that frown upside-down and realize he can now match up Overeem with a better fighter. Who is a fighter that could really put on a show with Overeem? How about Junior Dos Santos? He is coming off another horrendous beating at the hands of Cain Velasquez and needs a fight that can get him back into the public eye. Not to mention a heavyweight striker vs. striker match? I’m all for the ground game, but seeing two huge guys try to take each others heads off is always great too.

This fight would really benefit both fighters, seeing as how they are both big names, and it could really add some star-power to a UFC on FOX event. I say set it up, White. Dos Santos is not getting another title shot as long as Velasquez has the belt, and if Overeem wins, then you have a new big name in the Heavyweight division.

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