The grudge will finally be settled between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem as they will get their chance to enter the cage against one another. The two were supposed to fight back at UFC 146 exactly one year ago, but a failed drug test by Overeem put a nix on that. Instead, JDS went on to face former champion Frank Mir, who was pulled from his co-main event slot opposite current champion Cain Velasquez. The Overeem and JDS bout will take place at the newly announced UFC 160 on Memorial Day, May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, N.V. The event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight which is a rematch between Velasquez and current number-one contender Antonio Silva.
Since their first attempt at a bout was cancelled, both fighters have had some rough times. After JDS finished Mir in the second round, he was left without too many challengers since Overeem was on suspension. He went on to rematch Velasquez at UFC 155, and everyone thought JDS had the fight in the bag after his quick knockout in their first fight. Nonetheless, he was beaten over the course of five rounds. He lost his belt, but opined for an instant rematch despite the brutal beating.
He will have to be satisfied with Overeem, who has been bad mouthing JDS even before their bout was cancelled. Overeem faced Silva after his suspension was up, and if he had won that match he was going to get his long-awaited title shot. Things did not go as he planned, because even though he dominated two rounds, his cardio failed him in the third. Silva finished him, and then took his shot at capturing the UFC title. Whoever wins this fight is unlikely to get a title shot, because Fabricio Werdum has been promised a chance to fight for the belt with a win over “Big Nog”. Still, the likelihood of a great knockout producing a title shot is always high, and with Overeem and JDS you can expect this one to end fast and on the feet.