Alistair Overeem says that, given the choice between fighting as soon as possible or waiting for a heavyweight title shot, he will fight as soon as possible.
Despite being pegged as the next title challenger and number one in line to meet the winner of this December’s clash between champion Junior Dos Santos and challenger Cain Velasquez, Overeem says that if complications arise after the title fight he will take a non-title bout just to get back in there again.
“Hopefully everybody understands that they fight at the end of the year and therefore it’s not going to be clear when they are available to fight again. In this sport there are many variables, a lot of things are uncertain so if I can choose between waiting for my turn for the title or fight as soon as possible, I would choose to fight as soon as possible,” he told MixFight.nl in his native Holland.
Overeem also laid into Dos Santos for allegedly backtracking on statements made to the press. Overeem accused him of saying “all kind of things that don’t really make sense” and of retracting things he had previously said.
“First he begged to Dana White he wanted to fight me, so as a fighter I accept such a challenge right away. Now he’s saying that I don’t deserve a title fight. He has to make up his mind as he’s changing his story all the time,” he said.
“The same stuff he was saying about me going to the school of Chael Sonnen. I never made the fight between us personal and I never bad mouthed him, the only thing I said was that I think he’s afraid of me which I think he still is, ha!
“When I signed with the UFC I could of easily go for the title shot right away but I chose to fight Brock Lesnar so by no means I’m talking myself into a title shot. If the UFC wants me to fight for the title I’m available and if they decide to let me fight someone else first I’m also fine with that. I’m a fighter and I will get my chance sooner or later.”
Alistair Overeem’s full interview in English at MixFight.nl