Exclusive: Daniel Cormier on Alistair Overeem vs. Bigfoot Silva & JDS and Favorite Moments of 2012
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Alistair Overeem is considered by many to be one of the top three heavyweights in the world. He is set to make his return at UFC 156 on February 2 after serving a year-long suspension for testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone before his bout with Dos Santos at UFC 146 back in July. Overeem will be taking on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, a man both Cormier and Velasquez have dispatched pretty handily in the first round of their respective bouts.
“I think that’s a great fight in the bouts with Cain and myself Silva had trouble getting us down to the ground where he’s most effective,” said Cormier. “I’m not sure he can get Alistair down, but there is a potential that it could happen. When he fought us we weren’t so confident that he could do that. If Bigfoot can get the fight down and wind up on top then Alistair could be in trouble. I really do believe that Alistair is the next guy in line for the belt. The UFC wants it and he’s won a ton of fights in a row. He seems to be in peak form in regards to his fighting, he’s been around for a long time and taken his bumps and bruises. Right now everything has come together for him mentally, physically and that’s what makes him so dangerous. I’m going to pick Overeem because I think he has a lot of momentum going right now.”
Ever since he was suspended Overeem and Dos Santos have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on one another. Overeem is a bigger fighter with a more diverse striking game, but Dos Santos can end any fight with one punch as he has proven time and time again.
“Alistair is the best standup guy overall as evidenced by him winning the K-1 tournament,” Cormier said. In terms of boxing I think Junior is the best boxer, he fights in a real boxing stance with his hands down at his waist. He likes to pop out that jab and utilizes good footwork, but as we’ve seen in the past Overeem does struggle with a big man who stays in his face and can absorb some of that punishment. I always think back to when he fought Chuck Liddell (In Pride) and how Chuck just continued to walk him down until he eventually got his hands on him. Sergei Kharitonov put him in the same situation and Junior may be able to do that. He may be able get in Alistair’s face and see how he responds now then how he did when he fought at 205. Most times muscle doesn’t equate to being able to take more punishment.”
As 2012 nears and end, Cormier has an extremely bright future to look forward to beginning with his move over to the UFC in 2013. With that being said we asked him what were some of the more memorable moments of 2012 that really caught his attention.
“Any time you get to watch Anderson Silva fight live it’s pretty cool,” said an excited Cormier. “Especially when they were at the weigh-ins and there were 10,000 people at the MGM Garden, that was pretty cool, then afterwards watching him and Chael compete. As a fan the on thing that stands out to me was watching Jose Aldo fight in Brazil. After he won he jumps over the cage and into the crowd and celebrates with all of the Brazilians. How they just hold him up it reminded me of a soccer game, I don’t think we’ve had that moment in MMA before.”