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Cain Velasquez to Alistair Overeem: Don’t Take My Title Shot, Bro

(Hand shake deals ain’t what they used to be.)

Remember when UFC President Dana White said that former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez “deserved” the next shot at current kingpin Junior Dos Santos after Cain steamrolled Antonio Silva at UFC 146? Well, Velasquez certainly does and he seems upset over the buzz about Alistair Overeem leapfrogging him that has circulated recently.

When Alistair broke all of our hearts by failing a drug test and becoming ineligible to challenge Dos Santos (who won the belt by stopping Velasquez) and then was suspended from competition for a year, we figured he’d have to get back in line, at least a little bit, for a chance at UFC gold. But The Reem has been taking the Chael-lite approach to getting a title shot, ie. talking smack about the champion.

Overeem recently said that he feels Dos Santos is ducking him. Dos Santos didn’t take too kindly to that assertion, especially since it was Overeem that managed not to show up to fight when they were originally slated to face-off.

Junior’s anger at Alistair has gotten to the point where he’s expressed a preference to fighting the dangerous Dutch kick boxer next instead of Cain. Velasquez doesn’t have all that Brown Pride just to stand aside and let Overeem talk his way into a spot he earned so when the former champ visited The MMA Hour Monday, he let his feelings be known.

“For Junior, I have the most respect for him as well as a person and as a fighter. I think he represents the sport very well. But as a champion, if you have a number one contender, then you don’t normally get to choose who you fight,” Velasquez told host Ariel Helwani.

“I just think him and Overeem and him had some words spoken back and forth to each other and he wants to fight him. He really wants to fight him first, wants to beat him. But you gotta get through me first.”

Velasquez was hoping to fight Dos Santos in September but seems skeptical that that will happen now. He said he hopes to get clarity, one way or the other, on his position in the heavyweight division this coming week from White.

“I definitely want that fight with Junior,” Cain said.

“I’m going to do everything within my power to try to get that fight happening. We’ll just see how it plays out, I guess. We’ll just have to talk to Dana a little bit here and there and see where he stands.”

What fight would you rather see, nation? Reem vs. Junior or the rematch between the champ and Velasquez? We’ll be sure to pass the word along to Uncle Dana…

- Elias Cepeda

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OPIO- August 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm
Give Reem to JDS. He needs a good beating. JDS will dance around Horsemeat and pick him apart until he gets goes for the KO. Then Cain can have his shot again. He better go for a take down or he is done.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm
I'm for the Reem and a Grizzly. The Reem can have his lucky switchblade.
eselockster- August 7, 2012 at 11:57 am
Overeem screwed himself out of a title shot already and since Cormier has a fight with mir Cain is next best option
El Guapo- August 7, 2012 at 11:20 am
Reem without 'roids is like Arianny without funbags.

Like Helwani without the shnauzer of absolute ass sniffing.
Like CP without Old Dad.

Just ain't the same, nawmsayin.
RwilsonR- August 7, 2012 at 10:16 am
Cain vs Reem to decide it.
Crow42- August 7, 2012 at 9:25 am
Jds vs Reem , first since is so overdue , not saying fuck off with the Cain fight, but the Reem did beat Brock before cain beat that human stick figure. Give the Reem the shot for a much anticipated strike fest. (instead of a junior va Cain repeat
The Mad Montrealer- August 7, 2012 at 8:30 am
Cain had one fight against a can since being annihilated by JDS, why is he deserving of a title shot? I'd much rather see Overeem, Cormier or even Josh Barnett fight for the title.
RearNakedSpoon- August 7, 2012 at 8:23 am
I can only see this as Cain trying to get the title back before Overeem returns and dominates the division.
The12ozCurls- August 7, 2012 at 8:17 am
Even if JDS is pissed and wants to fight OverRoid - DW will never let that happen. DW was as furious at Reem after he tested dirty as he was at Loretta Hunt during that vlog rant. No way DW lets Reem just waltz on into a HW title shot after screwing up that entire fight card. If memory serves me correctly - for that all HW PPV - ever single previously booked fight was changed in one way or the other. Up your Reem. The UFC should make him fight a Grizzly Bear or a Sleestack if he wants to get back his #1 contendership.
Ringo- August 7, 2012 at 7:47 am
I think it would be sending the wrong message if you fail a drug test and then you come back from a year suspension to fight the champ, I think he should win a couple of fights first.
amsterdamheavy- August 7, 2012 at 7:23 am
Uberreem says Junior is DUCKING him? That motherfucker fails a drug test and has the balls to say someone is ducking him? Man, Im about done with Alistair fuckin Overreem.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 7, 2012 at 7:16 am
Entertainment factor JDS vs REEM. Who deserves it factor JDS vs Cain. Have Cain fight JDS and Reem fight the winner of Cormier/Murr. Yep, epic idea.
The12ozCurls- August 7, 2012 at 8:26 am
Agree with the entertainment factor VS deserved factor but Reem needs to come in immediately after he is licensed and fight. The rumored Cormier/Mir fight winner won't be ready for at least a year. That is way to long for Reem to wait after he comes back.
Fletch the V Stretch- August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am
Yeah I know it will be too long of a wait. Still sucks though. I do think Cain vs JDS will be a lot different this go around. I have a hard time believe Cain was 100% for that fight simply based on his physique. I know you can't tell much from 30 seconds but I think all the people thinking that the fight is not worth watching again will be surprised. I still pick JDS to beat anyone and everyone they put in front of him. BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET for real.
TellaTruth- August 7, 2012 at 7:08 am
...yeah because uncle dana loves c p.

Junior versus the reem.