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

Dana White states Alistair Overeem turned down Junior Dos Santos

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.

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