Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently threw Alistair Overeem under the bus by claiming that the Dutch striker was literally "hiding" from Junior dos Santos after not accepting two offers to meet the former division kingpin inside the Octagon.
According to "The Reem," it was a rib injury, not fear, that prevented him from signing on the dotted line.
When asked what he thought about Dana's "hiding" claims, the Brazilian said he doesn't believe Overeem is afraid to fight him, as it could simply be that facing a fighter like himself isn't an interesting enough scrap for him to accept.
"Cigano" spoke to MMA Fighting:
"No, I don't know the reason he (White) said that. But, you know, we are fighters and we fight, that's it. I don't know, maybe this fight is not very interesting for him at this time. So, I don't care too much about it. This guy is a tough guy. But we have so many tough guys in the heavyweight division in UFC so I know they can find another one to fight against me. I don't have too much to say about it because that was between them."
For those keeping count, that is now three times that the much-anticipated heavyweight showdown has failed to come to fruition; with UFC 146 and UFC 160 getting scratched due to Alistair's testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and elbow issues, respectively.
For now, Dos Santos has his eyes set on any one of the opponent-less "tough" fighters in the division in his quest to get back to a title shot.
Stipe Miocic, perhaps?
One thing is certain, "Cigano" won't be drawn into White and Overeem's issues, which don't seem to be getting any better.