With Overeem Most Likely Out, Now What Makes Sense?
For those of you still stuck some where between 2001 to 2009, let me say this, Fedor Emelianenko has about as much of a chance at stepping in for Overeem as Joaquim Ferreira. Who is Ferreira you ask? He’s the only person to defeat Dos Santo’s back in 2007 in Dos Santos sixth professional bout. Not to throw out another name no one knows but Ferreira lost his last fight to Damian Grabowski at MMA ATTACK on November 5, 2011 in Poland. So what I am saying is Fedor is going to have to stick to prepping for his possible bout with Tank Abbot…. No for real that’s who Fedor might be facing. Enough with this obscure information, but my point is lets quit throwing names around and figure out who has a legit shot at defeating JDS.
Of course we got Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez, but Dana White has said that fight’s going to happen via Twitter. It’s not to say things won’t change but lets just say they’re both off the board for now. Now we seem to have a push for Mark Hunt to step in and take on JDS. Hunts definitely got the one punch power, but I think his cardio just isn’t at championship level. He did handle Cheick Kongo pretty impressively I just don’t think Mark Hunt should pass up Frank Mir or Cain Velasquez for a shot. It would make more sense to not have JDS fight at all then make the Hunt fight happen, at least not yet, Hunts basically one more win away at the very least.
I even like the idea of Dan Henderson a little better that the other names we mentioned so far. Dan even came out on twitter when asked would he take the Dos Santos fight and said “for sure.” Now I think this could be a good draw with the UFC making this a David verse Goliath type of match, but this time Goliath is good, really good. It would also cure the title fight thirst that Henderson has had ever sense he re-signed with the UFC. I think Dan Has the chin and the wrestling to give JDS trouble but the size difference might be too much. But Dan has that one punch power and has defeated Fedor at heavyweight, a very small heavyweight but a heavyweight anyway. I hate to say it but even the mighty Dan Henderson might be too small for JDS and yes, this does not make sense either, although if it happens I would buy the PPV and you will also. I think the best move for Dan Henderson is to chill out and wait for the light heavyweight title shot or the middleweight title shot which ever comes first.
Finally looking at everything and taking many things into consideration, there is not much that you can do here, and there is absolutely no way to make a matchup that compares to Junior Dos Santos versus Alistair Overeem. The UFC 146 main card is already stacked and there are a few fights on the preliminary card that could easily be pushed up into the main card. I feel there are only two options; JDS verse Mir or Dos Santos waiting out a few more months for the winner of Mir and Velasquez. Problems with both those scenarios are that the heavyweight title has not been defended since November 2011. If you push Mir up to the main event then you have to move other fighters and bring someone else in, etc. I don’t envy the position of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva or UFC President Dana White and it’ll be interesting watching them make magic happen, and they have the right to be angry. Looking at this situation as an outsider, there just aren’t many scenarios that make sense, but luckily sometimes the matches that don’t make sense, makes for unforgettable fights. What we do know is Dana White will deliver and will make the best decision for the fans, and we will get a great card and I am looking forward to it.