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Tuesday, 04/10/2012, 01:57 pm

With Overeem Most Likely Out, Now What Makes Sense?

By: Chase Raymond

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.


28 Responses to “With Overeem Most Likely Out, Now What Makes Sense?”

  1. Tsimanga says:

    Hendo would get hurt… my votes for Mir… who will also get hurt… hmmmm, I see a pattern here.

  2. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Mir vs JDS

    Cain vs Hunt or Cain vs Werdum

    Or drop JDS off the card.

  3. winning says:

    FABRICIO WERDUM vs jds. start the push people!

    • jc says:

      haha no one like werdum so he aint getting no push. But observe below.

      Dana said that JDS will fight on the card

      Dana said mir bs Cain will remain in tact.

      Dana is telling one lie, which one is a lie we will have to wait and find out

  4. Mike McMack says:

    They need to take JDS off the card, it sucks but without Brock, Overeem, Mir and Cain there’s nobody worthy of a shot at the belt.

  5. Xaninho says:

    JDS will be pissed if they drop him, UFC146 is supposed to be payday for him you know?

  6. Ryan kelly says:

    Cain vs werdum mir vs jds so the champ can avenge his teachers broken arm jds by knock out bing bing (sleep) !!!!

  7. Jader says:

    resign lesnar!!!

  8. the original steve says:

    MARK FUCKING HUNT. keep the amazing kickboxer vs amazing boxer hype going


  10. Peina Tamou says:

    Give it to Hunt … issue solved

  11. JoeR. says:

    Give Mir the title fight and put Hunt against Cain. Mir has earned it more than even overeem.

  12. Bo says:

    Hey Chase,
    Grammar check here. There is no colon in your byline. “By” is a preposition that does not need to be followed by a colon unless there is a list of three or more items. Just thought you might want to know since your post is going out to millions.
    ~An Ass-Kicking English Teacher
    P.S. Don’t kill the messenger. Thanks!

  13. RyannVonDoom says:

    Looks like Alistair’s still getting the fight. That being said, why not hunt?

  14. Rob says:

    Why is Levar Johnson not mentioned ? That would be a great fight !

  15. Andrew Salvage says:

    Personally I’d love to see Hunt get a title shot, but that’s just because I’m gonna be there and as a Pride guy the idea of seeing Mark Hunt win a title live is surreal. Back on earth though, Hunt and Dos Santos would have a good match; Hunt could hang with him (or better) striking-wise and will not be quickly knocked out–could even knock him out. And the Rocky storyline is compelling of course. That said, not only is Mir deserving but the story of the pupil (Dos Santos) avenging his teacher (Nogueira) is almost too good to pass up. The only problem is that Mir would probably get his ass handed to him if Dos Santos keeps it standing–see Shane Carwin. Either way would be fine, but the deal-breaker could be that Velasquez/Hunt is a truly fair number one contender bout at this point. As far as a brutal exciting match however, Hunt all the way.

  16. top says:

    Mir vs jds get Cain to fight hunt werdum or even Fedor.there u go problem solved

  17. Sean says:

    i wish we could have more articles on about overeem taking steroids and asking who should fight next. 50 just isnt enough.

  18. GET RID OF TRT says:

    Why drop Dos Santos from the card?
    I’d rather see him fight Mark Hunt or knock some UFC jobber than not seeing him fight.

    Anyone who says he should be dropped are fucking idiots.

  19. zzz says:

    Fuck Mark Hunt what kind or retard lists their town of origin as “South” Auckland in an American franchise… I mean it’s great that he differentiated so us NZers can tell he’s from poverty but goddamn what a stupid thing to list everytime I see that I cringe and pray he loses.

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