Following news that Alistair Overeem is pulling out of his scheduled UFC 160 Heavyweight bout with Junior dos Santos, JDS’ coach Luiz Dorea has some very interesting comments for Sherdog regarding Overeem:
“We’re not here to doubt, but it’s really strange. Cigano’s career does not depend on Overeem, but it’s the second time that the fight has been canceled,” Dorea said. “What cannot happen is for Cigano to be penalized for it. He never chooses opponents, always accepts any fight and Hunt would be a good name. Injured or not, Overeem won’t cause any setbacks for Cigano, who already had to start a camp and doesn’t want to go any longer without fighting. It seems that Overeem doesn’t want this fight.
“About that I do not know, but there’s something weird there. It is reported that there was an injury, which we have to believe. Overeem is a great athlete, but he has his problems,” Dorea said. “What will happen is that everyone who has a scheduled fight against Overeem will be [unsure if it will take place]. This is the second time that Cigano has prepared for this fight, and this requires dedication and money. This postponement will not obstruct Cigano’s plans to seek the title shot soon after this fight.
“What else can happen in July, August? Will there be another story, another problem with the lab, or an injury?” Dorea continued. “There are great names in the division without a fight scheduled, …. but Overeem is also a great duel. Except that Overeem teases Cigano, and every time we get close to the fight, we do not know what happens. It’s a difficult situation. But I’m quiet, and the UFC is watching.”
Dos Santos will instead face Mark Hunt at UFC 160 on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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