HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: UFC Fighter Junior dos Santos speaks during the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White thinks embattled Dutch striker Alistair Overeem shouldn't lose his spot as top heavyweight contender -- despite flunking a pre-fight drug test and getting denied a license to fight until December.
Reigning division champion Junior dos Santos disagrees.
"Cigano," who will gladly fight "Demolition Man" if he can prove to the world he is a clean fighter, wants to see "The Reem" have at least one more bout before getting his chance to compete for the crown -- assuming he will submit to a blood test prior to fighting.
Those comments (via ESPN.com) after the jump.
"I would like him to do a test -- a blood test. I think we both need to do that. I want a clean fight and he needs to prove he is not under any kind of substances. When you have a fight with two 'clean' fighters, you will know after the fight who is the real champion. A guy who uses doping is a fake fighter. I think he doesn’t deserve a title shot right now. ... Overeem needs to have another fight before having a title shot."
Of course, none of this matters if Dos Santos can't get past Cain Velasquez (again) at the UFC 152 pay-per-view (PPV) event this September; however, if the Brazilian should lose, he could still fight Overeem and it wouldn't be for the title.
For now, we can only speculate as to how the 265-pound division will unfold over the next few months. Anyone want to make a Nostradumbass-ish prediction and map out the heavyweight landscape for 2013?
Let's have it.