UFC 160: Five Fast Facts for JDS vs. Overeem grudge match
1: The two Goliaths will meet at UFC 160, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25th.
2: They were previously scheduled to headline UFC 146. After earning a title shot by defeating Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, Alistair Overeem was on his way to challenge Junior dos Santos for the heavyweight championship. However, in April of 2012, just a month before the bout was to take place, it was announced that Overeem failed a drug test when he tested positive for an extremely high level of testosterone. Dos Santos would instead fight former champion Frank Mir, who he would go on to KO.
3: They really don't like each other. These two have been talking trash about each other for nearly two years now. Between Overeem stating Dos Santos was afraid of him to JDS calling The Reem a punk, and telling him to take a PED test. In fact at one point JDS had asked Dana White to match him with Overeem instead of Cain Velasquez, who the Brazilian actually claimed was the rightful contender. Recently, Overeem tweeted the following after JDS was battered by Velasquez at UFC 155.
JDS looks really pretty lol
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 30, 2012
4: They will both be looking to rebound after their first losses since 2007. At UFC 155, Junior Dos Santos lost the heavyweight crown, bringing his total number of losses to two. He last lost in 2007 when he was armbarred by Joaquim Ferrira in Brazil. Before being smashed by "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 156, Alistair Overeem last lost to Sergei Kharitonov by KO in Japan. And while JDS has never dropped two straight losses, Overeem has. In fact the Dutchman actually lost three in a row when he was finished by Brazilians Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, and "Shogun" Rua while in Pride.
5: There is a very good chance someone is getting knocked out. Out of the UFC's official rankings of top ten heavyweights, no one has more knockouts than Alistair Overeem, who has walloped 15 opponents to the canvas. Junior dos Santos comes in third with 11, tied with Roy Nelson and behind Antonio Silva(13). The remarkable stat about the Brazilian's KO rate is that they have come in only 15 wins, thats 73% of his victories. It's also interesting to not that while JDS has never been knocked out, Overreem has been KO'd 7 times.
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