Velasquez Tells Dos Santos 'You Gotta Get Through Me First' Before Overeem Bout | UFC News
In his last bout he defeated Antonio Silva in devastating fashion stopping ‘Bigfoot’ in the first round. Since then it had been thought he would go on to rematch Junior Dos Santos for his UFC Heavyweight Title.
However UFC President Dana White spoke out following the UFC On FOX 4 post-fight press conference stating that Dos Santos wants Alistair Overeem next.
“I’m in line next for a title. 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. You just have to fight the number one contender. Then that’s it. That just how I feel about it. As a champion, you just fight whoever is next in line. You don’t get to pick and choose who you fight. I don’t think you as champion should choose who you fight. [Junior]’s not ducking me. He’s a great competitor. He’s a great fighter. I just think 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 thinks he is the current Heavyweight number one contender and wants his shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title. He states that he will do everything in his power to secure the rematch with Dos Santos.
“I see that. That’s just the way I am. I’m definitely going to go out there and show a good fight. But as far as the trash talking beforehand, that’s just not my style. I know fans want to see that, but like I said before whoever is next in line, you have to fight him. You being the champion need to fight the guy next in line, not pick and choose who you fight. With whatever he’s (Overeem) is going through, I don’t really care. I just know what I’ve done to get here. Whatever I was promised, I was promised. That’s just how I see it. I definitely want that fight with Junior, so I’m going to do everything in 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. The only thing you can do is try to get this fight going. That’s what I want. I want this fight.”
Velasquez also mentioned that his management team are scheduled to meet UFC President Dana White later in the week. The meeting could potentially reveal who will be the next challenger for the UFC Heavyweight Title.
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