Dana White recently stated that at UFC 160 they'd like to have the anticipated match up of strikers, Junior "Cigano" Dos Santos and Alistair "The Reem" Overeem. Fans have wanted to see this fight for a while now, since before Dos Santos lost his belt in decisive fashion to current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez.
Overeem was recently KO'd in the 3rd round, by Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva who is now poised for a second shot at Velasquez in a title opportunity on the same card that Dos Santos and Overeem will be facing off on.
Dos Santos brings great takedown defense and quick, precise punches and a lot of power. Overeem is a K-1 Heavyweight Grand Prix champion and his striking credentials are unmatched in the current UFC Heavyweight division, he also has a lot of devastating power and great wrestling in reverse.
These two have spent months talking up the fight, the emotion will play a big factor, I feel.
Junior has the advantage in boxing and speed, as he's demonstrated in previous UFC bouts. Alistair is explosive and has more experience, coupled with his wide variety of striking options. Both have excellent takedown defense and are not likely to look for ground positions right off the get go anyways. Overeem however takes a slight advantage in grappling offense and is likely to use it if hurt early.
Junior Dos Santos needs to swarm Overeem and pick him apart with quick, crisp combinations to get the win. Alistair Overeem should use plenty of kicks to put Dos Santos off balance and perhaps secure takedowns if he feels he can't get the knockout. Both have had cardio issues in the past, and I'm sure they'll both be improving on that issue.
All and all I look forward to this fight more than the main event, Cain Velasquez vs Bigfoot Silva II.
Who wins this fight? Dos Santos or Overeem?
Junior Dos Santos (57 votes)
Alistair Overeem (16 votes)
73 total votes