Dana White states Alistair Overeem turned down Junior Dos Santos

Alistair Overeem (blue gloves) was close to finishing Frank Mir at UFC 169. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC president Dana White recently criticised the performance of Alistair Overeem in his dominant decision win over Frank Mir, and he has continued his war of words with the Dutchman. Appearing on UFC Tonight, White claimed that the former Strikeforce champion has turned down two chances to fight Junior Dos Santos.

White stated that the UFC offered Overeem a five round main event in Brazil, which the English-born heavyweight turned down. He was then reportedly offered a three round co-main event in Las Vegas, NV. which ‘The Reem’ also rejected. White reacted bitterly to the news, claiming that the 33 year old is hiding from Junior Dos Santos.

Overeem is currently taking a vacation in Jamaica after bouncing back from a two fight skid with a brutal performance against Frank Mir. Despite being unable to finish the American, Overeem looked devastating and put himself right back in line for a shot at the belt. Many fans of the sport have taken to Twitter to voice their support for a fight between Overeem and Dos Santos, but according to Dana White, the match-up will not materialise.

The fight was first booked at UFC 146 for the UFC Heavyweight championship, but a failed drug test forced Overeem out of the fight and Dos Santos instead defended his belt against Frank Mir. Since that fight, Dos Santos has gone 1-2, losing convincingly to Cain Velasquez on two occasions with a win over Mark Hunt in-between. Overeem, meanwhile, lost two in a row after looking impressive early, losing both by way of knockout against Antonio Silva and Travis Browne. Now back on track, a fight with Junior Dos Santos was an appealing one for fans to envisage.

Other options available for Alistair Overeem include Mark Hunt, a rematch with Antonio Silva, and Josh Barnett. You can find the tweets from the UFC Tonight Twitter account below.

Topics: Alistair Overeem, Dana White, Junior Dos Santos

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  • derek

    This article is poorly written,,you refer to Overeem as an English born heavyweight which may be true but is never mentioned about him..He is known for his Dutch heritage….I have never seen anybody refer to him as english,,it just shows you don’t really follow the sport,,Then you say his performance against frank mir was brutal,,,you should have wrote he Brutalized frank mir,,because it sounds like he performed horrible against Mir as you put it, even though you clarified it later on…And lastly you say that after his win vs Mir it puts him right back in line for a shot at the belt?? come on man…1 decision win vs Frank mir does not put you in line for a shot at the belt…Then you mention potential matchups and don’t mention Stipe Miocic or Roy Nelson who both make tons of sense for the Reem as well….Sorry to be such a hater but this article just sucked

    • Jacob Cooper

      In the tale of the tape of all UFC events, he has the English flag. He is born in England, therefore he is English born. If anything, it’s the fact that I actually follow the sport that made me know that fact. When you’re writing an article, it’s very dull to keep putting the person’s name, therefore you mix it up.

      Brutal means violent, so your English lessons aren’t doing you much justice here Derek. I’m saying that Overeem put on a violent display against Mir, not that he fought horribly.

      And lastly, of course a win puts him back in contention. It puts him back on track and he’s a big name with big wins in his career. He’s marketable and able to fight the best of the best.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, but your criticism is unjustified.

      • derek

        Lol i had my hater shoes on last night,,,sorry about the negative vibes best of luck to you in your endeavours

        • Jacob Cooper

          No problem man, it happens. You too.