(Caution: This conference call was apparently recorded in a tin can headed straight for Pluto. Adjust speakers accordingly.)
For a guy who is supposed to be defending his title against Cain Velasquez in just over a week at UFC 155, heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos still seems awfully focused on Alistair Overeem, the man he was set to face back at UFC 146 before…well, you know. During the UFC 155 media call (full audio above), dos Santos touched on the respect he had for Velasquez as a professional, but not without taking a dig at Overeem in the process:
I prefer to fight against clean athletes and real professionals. Cain Velasquez is one of these guys. He’s a real professional fighter and that’s a good challenge for me. I know he’s very tough and I know how hard I have to train to face him. And the OTHER GUYS, they just say things, but there’s nothing behind the words. Guys like me and Cain Velasquez, we are made at the gym. Guys like the OTHER GUY there, they are made in the laboratory.
Ahh…the Lord Voldemort approach of anonymity. Touche, Junior.
All kidding aside, Junior has repeatedly stated that he would have preferred to face Overeem next instead of rematching Velasquez, even begging Dana White for the fight at one point. And while he was able to dispatch Velasquez with ease the first time around, does anyone think he might be looking past Cain here?
And while we’re talking UFC 155, we’d like to throw a little feeler out there for you guys to stew over. Greater chance of ending in a knockout: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez or Leben vs. Brunson?