The rare Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) victory lap for Alistair Overeem was over before it even started.
Company president Dana White branded Overeem's most recent winning performance over Frank Mir at UFC 169 earlier this month as "crappy," even though it snapped a dangerous two-fight losing skid. The former Strikeforce Heavyweight champion took it all in stride, though, admitting that he "played it safe" to ensure success.
In his post-fight interview, during which he caught heat for calling out former retired champion -- and current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler -- Brock Lesnar, Overeem explained that he was looking forward to a long vacation because he had been training extensively throughout 2013.
So long, in fact, that he refused two opportunities to return to the Octagon to finally fight Junior dos Santos, one five-round main event in Brazil and a three-round co-main event spot in Las Vegas, Nevada. White shared his disappointment with Ariel Helwani, who passed along the update on the most recent edition of "UFC Tonight" on FOX Sports 1.
In fact, he claimed that "The Reem" was "hiding" from a showdown against "Cigano."
Under different circumstances, it might appear that Overeem just wants to relax and enjoy his big win. But, the K-1 kickboxing champion has a very unusual past with the Brazilian boxer, flaking on two different events over the years because of injuries and other odd circumstances.
Elevated testosterone levels prior to UFC 146 derailed that match and an untimely injury a few weeks before UFC 160 nixed the much-anticipated showdown between two hard-hitting mixed martial arts (MMA) big men. The persistent missed opportunities ultimately compelled dos Santos to declare that he no longer wanted to entertain a fight with the "limited" Dutchman.