Former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, wasn't thrilled about the possibility of his rematch against Junior dos Santos being scrapped to accommodate Alistair Overeem, and he spoke candidly on the subject during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour."
"I'm in line next for a title," Velasquez said. "For Junior, I have the most respect for him as well as a person and as a fighter. I think he represents the sport very well. But as a champion, if you have a number one contender, then you don't normally get to choose who you fight. … You just have to fight the number one contender. Then that's it. That just how I feel about it. As a champion, you just fight whoever is next in line. You don't get to pick and choose who you fight."
Giving Overeem a title shot before Velasquez is very disrespectful to the former champ, considering the fact "The Demolition Man" is currently serving a nine-month suspension for having elevated testosterone levels. Overeem blew his chance to fight dos Santos for the heavyweight title at UFC 146 due to his failed drug test, and it seems hypocritical to reward him by bumping off a deserving fighter.
Obviously, Velasquez has no intention of giving up his number one contender spot without a fight.
"I definitely want that fight with Junior, so I'm going to do everything in my power to try to get that fight happening," Velasquez added. "We'll just see how it plays out, I guess. We'll just have to talk to Dana a little bit here and there and see where he stands."
I personally felt that Velasquez earned the right to try to reclaim the heavyweight title with his complete domination of Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 146. But the Ultimate Fighting Championship's brass recently indicated that they would be open to skipping over Velasquez, if the Nevada State Athletic Commission is willing to give Overeem an early licensing hearing. However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer wasn't exactly open to the idea, so Overeem vs. dos Santos might not even be a viable option for the UFC.
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